Sunday, 30 December 2012

Female Characters in Middle Earth

I've been thinking about The Hobbit - I could hardly avoid it at the moment, with the new film out - and what a very masculine story it is. A male hobbit, thirteen male dwarves, and a male wizard go on a quest. About the only woman in the film is Galadriel, and I'm not sure she's in the book.
And today I found that someone has actually worked out the ratio of male to female characters in Tolkein (there is only one dwarf woman mentioned, who is the mother of Kili and Fili - she's called Dis).

The original graph can be found at and it boils down to 19% female characters to 81% male characters.

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