It’s probably not obvious, so I won’t post it in the “obvious things you realized…” thread which is too long anyway.
I was watching the Peter Jackson “The Lord of the Rings” with four of my daughters the other night and said something along the lines of how Mr. Jackson did the Éowyn vs. Witch King scene wrong. They asked why, of course, so I flipped to the scene in the book and read it to them. The problem, I said, is that Éowyn doesn’t laugh in the movie.
As I was explaining it to these young ladies (the 4 girls I’m lecturing to here are 8, 12, 13 and 15), I suddenly realized why the laugh is important. It’s not because the Nazgûl is calling her a fool when he himself is actually the fool. It’s because she has been wanting to be a man her entire life – she longed to win renown in battle and not “…[t]o stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.” – and now, facing one of the most evil, deadly, fearsome opponents anyone in history has ever faced, the fact that she is a woman is what will make the difference. Her laugh is blindingly ironic. It’s absolutely necessary to the scene and to her character…and Peter left it out.
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