This paper reports on an early pilot project that asks women who self identify as readers or fans of Tolkien's work and/or teachers who have taught Tolkien's work, and/or scholars who have published on Tolkien's work to answer a few open-ended questions about their reasons for enjoying his work. By "women," I mean anybody who identifies as a woman. By "Tolkien's work," I mean any of his published novels, stories, poems, or academic essays. The study arises from the question that is often asked of fans of Tolkien's work: why do women so enjoy it, given the relatively minor narrative roles women play.
Reid, Robin A. Dr.
"Women & Tolkien: Amazons, Valkyries, Feminists, and Slashers,"
Journal of Tolkien Research: Vol. 6:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol6/iss1/3