Friday, March 3, 2017

25 Days of LOTR - Day 3

The winner from yesterday is...


Thanks again to everyone who weighed in--good points were made for both sides.

I also realized today that this system kind of resembles March Madness so it fits in perfectly not only with 25 Days of LOTR but with the month as well!

Today's match up is one I've been looking forward to and I am not sure who I think is going to win.  Both of the characters pitted against one another today are strong and graceful, overcome challenges, and make sacrifices throughout the course of the story.

Keep in mind the changes the characters undergo, the values each hold, and the importance of their character and themes that stem from their character in the story as you decide between Eowyn and Arwen.

"For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him when he departs to the Havens: for mine is the choice of Luthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter."
"I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun; and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a Shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren."

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  1. In terms of who does more for the story, and the helps most in the War of the Ring, I would say Eowyn. The grace and strength of Arwen are beautiful, and I love her, and I love elves (although I sort of hate the movie version of her). One must also consider that without Arwen, Aragorn might not have been quite as helpful. I should like to think he would have acted the same without any thought of her, but somehow I doubt it.
    Also in Arwen's favour is her reliance on hope, while Eowyn is driven by despair and desire for death in battle.
    However, my vote must go to Eowyn, for her general awesomeness (although she can be a little annoying at times);her contributions to the war of the ring, both in battle and behind the scenes in Edoras; and her lovely character arc as (with the help of Faramir) she overcomes her despair and is happy at long last.

    1. No Beregond in this collection! Sad. He should overcome my reason and claim most of my votes because I love him.

    2. I like Beregond as well! I had to leave some characters off, and I realized Frodo isn't even in the bracket! Maybe I will have to make a second bracket or something to include more characters.

    3. Beregond is basically my favourite non-fellowship-member ever. I want to hang out with him and his wife and have them show me around Minas Tirith.

    4. That sounds like the perfect day (granted Minas Tirith is in a time of peace...)

  2. I like the book version of Arwen better, although she only appears a few times. The movie version was a little annoying ("stop randomly popping out of nowhere!" would be me during the Two Towers). In both, however, she isn't much of a character.

    Eowyn had a better character arc, in my opinion. She and Merry conquer the Witch-King, which was a definite defeat on the side of Sauron. And while I don't approve much of her desperate desire to die in battle, she has courage, which I admire. Plus, she and Faramir get a beautiful love story.

    Eowyn gets my vote. That meme of

    1. Awesome, I see where you're coming from. Also I know right? Hilarious XD

  3. After sitting at my desk like an idiot again I have decided upon 3 ways to test these great charectors.
    1. Fighting capabilities
    2. charector progression
    3. personal opinion

    1. This one at first I thought was going to be easy but the more I thought about it the more I realized it doesn't seem as black and white as I once thought. Arwen would definitely have an advantage in combat because of her elven capabilities but Eowyn is very creative and I think she could come up with a way to combat that. Both would be worthy adversaries and I think Eowyn would definitely hold her own but in the end she is no match for the power of an elf. Arwen wins this one.

    2. When it comes to characters I believe Eowyn is definitely more interesting. I like Arwen but in the movies she was just kinda...there so you couldn't really get attached to her. But Arwen with her evolution from wanting to fight and win glory to wanting to help people live is much more interesting and enjoyable. Eowyn wins this one.

    3. I like Eowyn better. I just like all the Rohirrim :)

    so Eowyn gets my vote.

  4. I'm voting for Eowyn! While I admire the real Arwen, from the books, I mean (I can't stand her in the movies, but that's another story), she simply isn't in them long enough for her to have the same impact on me that Eowyn has. Eowyn does annoy me a little at first (though I sympathize with her), and I don't approve of all her decisions, but that only makes her character development more interesting. I enjoy watching her rise above her bleak despair and desire for death to embrace the joy of love and life. She learns to let go of her attachment to Aragorn, eventually, and realize that her love truly belongs to Faramir. Their romance is so sweet! I can't wait to read that chapter again!

    Also, even though I don't condone her decision to go into battle, if it weren't for her and Merry, the Witch King wouldn't have been defeated. It's one of many examples throughout LOTR of Divine Providence working to bring unforeseen good out of both evil and mistakes. Every time, it's a small-scale felix culpa:).

    - Ellen

    1. Good points! Love that St. Augustine reference too ;)

  5. I have to say Eowyn for this one. Not because I don't love Arwen, but we barely got to see her in the books. We love her because Aragorn loves her. In the movies, of course, it's easier to see her awesomeness.

    But Eowyn, now, gets some good 'screen time' and is far more fleshed out. Arwen is the one I can imagine myself to be because we know next to nothing about her, but Eowyn is a more developed and impactful character.