Of all those movies, Song of the South is the only one where the female lead isn’t obsessed with romance, and that’s because she’s like, eight.
Girls seem almost limited by romance, especially in movies, and the guys in Lord of the Rings aren’t. Some of them never get married. I wonder—how would the story be different if the nine were girls, three women were guys, and everything else in Middle Earth stayed the same?
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Scenario #1: Middle Earth is ScrewedOnly guys attended the secret ring council in Fellowship, and without suitable replacements, the saving-of-the-world fails. Sauron wins.
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Scenario # 2: Ladies of the Rings, A Chick FlickI actually have treatments of the movie trilogy drafted for a satirical post. Suffice it to say that between Frida Baggins’s accidental romance and Aragloria’s forbidden love, Gandahlia the matchmaker has a lot of work on her hands.
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Scenario #3: Against All Odds Female Characters Find Themselves on a Quest Involving a Ring and Not Marriage
Here is a quick key to the colored things you might find in bold:
no female precedent // male requirement // no male precedent // female requirement
|Ring-bearer, Bilbo’s nephew and heir, interested in the world beyond the Shire, seeks the Ring’s destruction||Ring-bearer, Bilbo’s niece, interested in the world beyond the Shire, seeks the Ring’s destruction|
|gardener, Frodo’s closest companion, uneager to travel, loyal, steadfast||gardener, Frodo’s closest companion, uneager to travel, loyal, steadfast|
|Merry Brandybuck||cousin, heir to Buckland, Pippin’s best friend, hobbit-warrior||cousin, Pippin’s best friend, could be a shield maiden like Éowyn; if an unsympathetic, male Éowyn would have been a warrior anyway, he might leave Merry behind|
|Pippin Took||young, foolish cousin, engages in politics in Gondor||young, foolish cousin, engages in politics in Gondor|
|Gandalf the Gray||wise leader until death at Moria, mentor, advisor, encourager, holds Ring of Power, chief wizard||wise leader until death at Moria, mentor, advisor, encourager, holds Ring of Power, potentially Maia (wizards are male, but here are 12345 examples of female Maiar)|
|Aragorn||Ranger, heir of Isildur and Elendil, lord of the Dúnedain Rangers, Arwen’s forbidden love, King of Gondor, Gandalf’s successor||Ranger, Arwen’s forbidden love, Queen of Gondor, Gandalf’s successor|
|Boromir||Heir to the line of stewards, warrior, wants to use the ring||of the line of stewards, wants to use the ring, shield maiden|
|Gimli||representative of dwarves, distrusts elves, falls in love with Galadriel, Legolas’s best friend||representative of dwarves, distrusts elves, falls in love with Galadriel, Legolas’s best friend|
|Legolas||king, elf representative, great archer, Thranduil’s son||queen, elf representative, great archer, Thranduil’s daughter|
(By the way, here are some sources I used: source, source, source)
|princess, Celeborn’s wife, Celebrian’s mom, Ring-bearer, helps destroy the Ring by contributing supplies, even though it will destroy her own power||prince, Celeborn’s husband, Celebrian’s dad, Ring-bearer, helps destroy the Ring by contributing supplies, even though it will destroy his own power|
|second elf to love a human, chooses Aragorn over immortality, guarded by her father until Aragorn becomes king||second elf to love a human, chooses Aragorn over immortality; admittedly, the stories both have a female elf and a male human mating, and if Arwen’s values as a male veered away from this situation, then it could be that Arwen and Aragorn’s love would never come to fruition|
|Éowyn||desired by Wormtongue, custodian of Edoras, shield maiden with aspirations to achieve valiant deeds and die in battle, loved Aragorn but was rejected, led the women of Rohan to Helm’s Deep, was the last-resort heir, avenged Théoden, married Faramir||soldier with aspirations to achieve valiant deeds and die in battle, loved Aragorn but was rejected; probably would be trained in the art of war with Éomer and Théodred, so probably would not be left to care for Théoden in his illness or escort the women and children to Helm’s Deep, and probably would not have been desired by Wormtongue|
Of course, this is basically what I have from watching the movies a lot of times, reading the books once, and doing a lot of Google searches as I went. If you think you can argue for or against any of my thoughts, please let me know, because I am by no means an expert!
From the way it looks now, though I think that Sam, Pippin, Gimli, Legolas, and Galadriel could more or less have the same story if they were the opposite gender, whereas Frodo, Merry, Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Arwen, and Éowyn might have very different stories!
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However, this does tell me that you CAN write an adventure story that has girls romping around Middle Earth in any way they damn well please, so if you ever feel the urge to write thusly: go ahead.