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  1. I stand(well, to be honest, sit) corrected. It has been a very long time since I read the books. Yes, the women were sent away in the book, and even though I do agree with you that women were at best ignored, and at worst portrayed as the classic useless chattel awaiting the victors upstairs in both the books and the movies, it makes sense from a cinematic point of view to keep them and the children on the premises. This may be blasphemous to say, but I have never really been a fan of Tolkien. I like the story, but the books could have done with a prodigious amount of editing. I can appreciate the problems Jackson faced with taking what is essentially a three book long walk and turning it into engaging cinema. Many of the changes he made infuriated me, like making Faramir an a-hole and taking the Hobbits to Os Gileath(forgive my spelling butchery), but by having the ‘helpless ones’ in danger should the battle go ill adds greater tension to the scene. That being said, I do disagree that had they kept some of the women in the fight would have diluted Eowyn’s efforts later. She was the niece of King Theoden who was directly ordered by her over-protective uncle to stay safe. Defying that order is sufficient to make her sacrifice adequately impressive.

    So what my ramble is getting at, since I’m not sure I’ve been very clear(it is quite early in the morning, and the coffee isn’t helping that much) is that I agree with you that the women should have been portrayed better, I also understand why Jackson kept them in the basement for the battle.

    Can’t wait for the next installment. :-)

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