Today, I am hosting amazing Life Coach and fantasy author Sherry Peters, whose book, Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf is about to publish in a e-format near you (check out the links at the end to read more). I asked her to share her take on the Dwarf/Elf romance angle of the recent Hobbit films. . .
The Love of a Dwarf
When “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hit theaters, many raved about Tauriel, the female elf warrior. Finally there was a female character who was a warrior. She’s strong, she goes after what she wants, she fights evil, and she’s true to herself.
Sadly, Tauriel couldn’t overcome the curse that is being a female elf. Which is to say, her stunning beauty meant everyone fell in love with her. We saw this in the Lord of the Rings when Gimli was mesmerized, infatuated even, with Galadriel. Arwen had the love of Aragorn, who, even when he thought Arwen had gone to the Grey Havens, couldn’t be swayed away from his love for her by the beauty and strength of Eowyn. Eowyn had all the strength and amazing character of Tauriel, so one would think she would be the obvious replacement for Arwen, but Eowyn wasn’t an elf. Had she been an elf, Aragorn would have at least had a difficult time deciding between the two.
While Galadriel and Arwen only had one guy hopelessly attracted to them (that we could see), Tauriel was doubly cursed: she had to contend with the love of both Legolas and Kili. In fairness, she did return Kili’s affection. And why wouldn’t she? Kili was the best looking of the party heading out to the Lonely Mountain. But what I want to know is why Kili is only interested in Tauriel? What about Legolas? He’s just as pretty, if not prettier, than Tauriel. As graceful, strong, and self-assured too. Or is he?
It seemed to me that Legolas was a little too eager to insult dwarves. He admited to Tauriel that Kili is taller than the others, but is “no less ugly.” He also called Gimli a horrid goblin mutant and suggested Gloin’s wife was a male. It wasn’t because he was confused by her beard, he was over-compensating, mesmerized by her, covering for the prolonged moment of looking, soaking in her attractiveness. His attraction to dwarves confused him and he didn’t know what to do with it so Legolas did what we all do when we’re too embarrassed to admit we like someone, we insult them. After all, it was only after he suggested Gloin’s was a male that his insults grew in offensiveness. Legolas joined Tauriel in fighting the orcs to save the dwarves because he wanted time to understand his attraction to them.
Here’s what I think: Legolas fell in love with Gloin’s wife. He had to hide it because as the son of the elven king, he could not love a dwarf. By the time of The Lord of the Rings, Legolas had years to grow into himself and understand his feelings for dwarves. Perhaps his father and his rank as elven prince had less control over him. Perhaps Legolas befriended Gimli because he wanted to use Gimli to get to his mother. It could have been that Gimli’s mother passed on so Legolas felt it was now safe to befriend her son. Regardless, Legolas now knew that dwarves were attractive and worthy of his love.
So where does this leave dwarf/elf relations? Are female elves going to have to relinquish their place as the inevitable love interest for all males, elf and dwarf alike? Somehow, I don’t think they’ll mind if they do. I’m sure most female elves, including Tauriel, want to be loved for their strength of character, not just their immortal beauty.
What about female dwarves? Will they now have a chance at being seen as attractive? Legolas took a brave first step in leading us all to the realization that while female elves are gorgeous and powerful, they aren’t the only ones who are loveable.
I, for one, look forward to the day when male elves and female dwarves are openly mesmerized and attracted to each other.
About Sherry Peters:
Sherry Peters attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop and holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. When she isn’t writing, she loves to have adventures of her own including spending a year working in Northern Ireland. Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf is her first novel. For more information on Sherry, visit her website at http://www.dwarvenamazon.com.