Because It Was Real: The Hobbit films and Fandom’s Problematic Speech

I am really not a fan of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of LOTR and Arwen is certainly part of the problem. I’m less invested in The Hobbit, and have largely enjoyed the films, though the choice to shoehorn Tauriel into the story doesn’t entirely sit comfortably with me. I tend to live and let live on these points but this post on fan reactions to both Arwen and Tauriel had me examining my prejudices and I thought I’d share it.

Dominion of the Eye

Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies have their problems, just as his The Lord of the Rings films before them. Depending on your taste, some of these problems range from merely annoying to intensely problematic. And there are many problems I hear talked about (and have talked about myself) that are intensely problematic. I would like to address one of them today, the romance plot between Tauriel and Kili in The Hobbit film trilogy.

Before I can talk about Tauriel and Kili, I need to talk about Aragorn and Arwen. In The Lord of the Rings films, Arwen was given a larger part for the sake of the romance plot between herself and Aragorn, and also because there are woefully few women in the book. I will never argue against greater representation of women in books or films, and a romance must be well-characterized if you want your audience to care about…

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