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Reviewer: Hanasian (Signed)
11/08/17 - 07:38 pm
Shieldmaidens In Rohan

This is a good overview of the topic of Shieldmaidens of Rohan.
Bookmarked it for use as reference.
Thanks for researching and posting this!



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I am glad you found this useful! Thank you!

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Reviewer: Himring (Signed)
09/06/16 - 02:30 pm
Shieldmaidens In Rohan

I hope I won't irritate you by replying!

We do read Eowyn slightly differently--but I think we also have a slightly different impression of what the Scandinavian tradition consists in. The way I recall it, depending on the case and the source text, the Scandinavian shieldmaid can look rather different to the reader--she does not always come across as a member of a formalised band. 



Author's Response:

Oh, it's no irritation at all! I do love such discussions. My regret is that there is no PM system here in order to avoid clogging up "public" space. True, Scandinavian shieldmaidens may not have been a formalised band, but the fact that they were warriors who joined men in battle and possibly numerous, if tradition is anything to go by, seems to have led to an equation between a Scandinavian shieldmaiden and the term as used by Tolkien. Hmmm, perhaps I should edit the essay to clear things up a bit.

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Reviewer: Himring (Signed)
09/06/16 - 02:04 am
Shieldmaidens In Rohan

Those are very interesting considerations.

You are right that there is no real evidence in the Legendarium, I think, and I think what you observe about the context of Eowyn's references is very much worth pointing out. 

But I still think the fact that Tolkien makes Eowyn use the term at all and some of the implications of what she says (such as: ungentle, wild)  suggest that there is a context here that is more like the Scandinavian one, even if it was never worked out (and probably was never envisaged as common in Rohirric society).



Author's Response:

Thank you for taking the time to review. It is always interesting to hear a different opinion, although I believe that Tolkien's own words of [Éowyn] was also not really a soldier or ‘amazon’, but like many brave women was capable of great military gallantry at a crisis”, as well as the citations concerning Rohirric women, are instrumental in negating the thought that she and other women of Rohan made up an organised group of female warriors. Having a person state something doesn't necessarily make the statement true. Eowyn's using the term "ungentle" may simply mean just what she said - that her hands aren't the soft hands of a lady because she spends time training with the sword; "wild" may simply be used in contrast to those women who do not know how to use a sword; a connection to a formalised band of 'amazons' may not be necessarily implied. But to each his own.

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