It’s all about being polite.
The conversation today between Aragorn and Éowyn is painful, as each tries their best to politely tell the other their wishes. Aragorn is, naturally, explaining his course of action to take the Paths of the Dead. Éowyn, not so subtly, is trying to stop him, mostly for love.
Well, the love part is debatable, but the narrative seems to indicate that she can’t let him out of her sight. After he leaves to go to bed, she follows him to his tent.
-Harrowdale: The valley that contains Dunharrow, where there is, effectively, only one way in or out. The other is cursed…but not for Aragorn.
Almost every line spoken here begins with a “Lord” or “Lady”. Almost every time. The propriety is killing me. It’s probably the most shown by anyone up to this point, and it’s all because both are somehow afraid to show their feelings. If Éowyn truly does have feelings for Aragorn, then her hesitance is justified. We can all get that. In Aragorn’s case, his hesitance is more a symptom of his still green leadership skills. He’s getting better, especially in making this choice to take the dangerous road, but he still can’t bear to break hard news to someone with…well, feminine feelings.
I don’t want to be sexist here, but I’m working with the cards I’m dealt. This book has, what, three halfway decent female characters? It’s not equal in any way, and Aragorn is treating Éowyn as such. Sure, she’s the one who fights against all this, and this is probably her first moment to do so. Unfortunately, Aragorn treats her as if she can’t handle the truth. If anyone can, she can, though. Right now, she’s basically the mother figure for all of Rohan while the strongest men are fighting their wars. Part of me really hopes she gives Aragorn the business when she’s got him cornered tomorrow.
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Come on, Éowyn, you’ve got to take this one of two ways now. Don’t fall at his feet. Please?
No one dies today.
“He turned and saw her as…”