by Byzwa Dher
‘… I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.’
‘What do you fear, lady?’ he asked.
‘A cage,’ she said. ‘To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.’
– The Lord of the Rings, Volume Three: The Return of the King, Book Five: The War Of The Ring, Chapter 2: The Passing Of The Grey Company
Bear with the incongruity of Éowyn quotes and this image evoking a bedecked daughter of Woodmen.
Gollum’s adventures after the Battle of Five Armies may just be a side-effect in the moment, but coupled with the fading of good-will euphoria from the Battle, and the gradual return to darkness, I imagine the Woodmen of Mirkwood would start stepping up on militarising. Perhaps they even retained the Wood-elves as consultants during the initial setup. And as a result, being a woman of the dark dangerous times, a daughter of the Woodmen could hold her own, just like Éowyn would. Equality ftw.
If some Hunt for Gollum movie happens, and it involves a daughter of the Woodmen, you saw it here first.
Maybe it’s the recent overdose on those things, but without taking anything away from this beautiful art that inspired the musing, I’ll leave it at this, having little interest and entirely too much of movie-makers’ uninspiring tropes that tend to characterise their OCs and the canon warping in their stead.