There are no girls in Mordor

8:00 this morning: “Ramble On” is blasting out of our stereo. Our daughter stops practicing her ballroom dance steps to listen to Robert Plant wail:

T’was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair
But Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her…

Our daughter makes a face. “But there are NO girls in Mordor!” she objects. “There are barely any girls in Middle Earth!”

(She does later concede that Shelob is female, and, if not in Mordor itself, at least on its borders.)

Later, as I walk her to school, we have a good long conversation about the lack of women as doers in many older stories, and her indignation rises off her like steam. Something tells me she’ll do something about it someday…

(Image by John Howe)


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