Hey y’all, what’s up, I used to have a model of Eowyn fighting the Witch King with a sinuous and terrible fell beast wrapped around them, did you know that? The only reason that sentence is in the past, not the present, is because I have moved a skrillion times and my mom has also moved like three times since I got it and so between those two things so many of my belongings have just vanished into the ether. How does that happen? I mean, where does all this stuff actually disappear to? Anyways, Eowyn was always my favorite character in the Lord of the Rings, both film and and book versions. Galadriel is magical as fuck and Arwen like, decides to stop being an elf for her boyfriend the King of Gondor or whatever, but Eowyn is BAD AS HELL. I mean, let’s be real, women disguising themselves as men to be warriors is kind of one of my THINGS that I will never not love. Anyways, I don’t think I need to elaborate any further on this matter, so what would she read?
The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon: When I was a tween I got stung on the eyelid by a wasp (twice!) and my eye was swollen shut for almost a week. What’s my point? That even when one of my eyes was swollen shut, no power in the ‘verse could stop me from reading these books, and so I read with one eye until I gave myself a headache. I think that’s how you know you have a problem? Anyways, these books were basically what I graduated to after I got too old for Alanna. Cue women warriors, etc. etc. etc.
Macbeth by go back to school: Only because of the “I am no man” thing, which is so much better in the book:
“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”
If you don’t get the connection to Macbeth, well then you don’t know.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: Maybe I am partially choosing this because it’s almost Halloween season and Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite Halloweiner authors to read, but the whole beginning storyline with her trapped in that castle with her mouldering uncle while her brother runs around being a Viking and Wormtongue eye rapes her has some parallels with this weird family story about two sisters trapped in their home because one of them is crazy as fuck and then some predatory cousin shows up, I mean really they’re so similar. Really. I think Eowyn would like it.
The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley: This is basically THE classic feminist fantasy book written for young people, about a young woman who goes out and dragon slays the shit out of some gender norms.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Everyone should read this book about horse monsters and Puck Connolly being a fierce girl who decides she wants to play a man’s game to save her family and home. SOUND FAMILIAR, THEMATICALLY?
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: Eowyn is very much a character who is caged in by the patriarchy, which is something she talks about way more in the books than she does in the movies because she’s too busy getting friend zoned by Aragorn. Anyways, Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle books are about Victorian ladies who find their Victorian lady ideals a bit too chaffing so they start wearing pants and doing magical shit and being lesbians, which is the natural progression of life, is it not? I think Eowyn would like it.
Alright, I’m out.
(And yes, that is a super sweet illustration of Eowyn fighting the Witch King by Frank Frazetta)