dangeranddelight replied to your post “This has been bothering me for more than ten years”
Well, first, up until very recently in history, a boy would have been ashamed NOT to fight. I doubt you would understand. Second, the women were protecting the younger children. They were the last line of defense against total extinction. Again, you probably wouldn’t understand. Tumblr kids are so embarrassing… So, so embarrassing…
I’m not sure how old you think I am, but it says very clearly on my blog sidebar that I’m 23. I am no longer a “kid” by any stretch of the imagination. I can find no such indication of your age, so you could be younger or older than me. I suppose if you’re old enough to be my grandfather you could technically call me a “kid” but it would be rude of you to do so.
Looking through the reblogs, looks like there’s plenty of much older fans, fans with spouses now, fans who’ve been into Lord of the Rings for longer than I’ve been alive, who agree with my post. There’s plenty of literary scholars who have discussed the lack of women in the books, and their depiction in the movies, and have been doing so for years now. None of them are “kids” so even if you consider me a kid, this is not some isolated tumblr thing, this has been going on in other places for many years.
Of course plenty of boys in a warrior culture would want to fight. But a nine year old who can’t see over the battlements and doesn’t have the strength to lift a weapon is a liability or a meat-shield at best. An adult peasant woman with the strength to lift a weapon, hack at the tops of the siege ladders, hold a shield to protect the archers, distribute extra arrows, shove an orc back, would have been an asset.
Want to make the boys feel important? Give them some weapons and put them in the caves and tell them they’re the last line of defense. Preserving the feelings of nine year old boys kind of comes second to the survival of the kingdom.