Looking at Science-Fiction and Fantasy over the past 60-years, you would think sometimes that women are not interested in the genres, so little are they given prominence. This is of course completely untrue given the legions we see represented on our own Facebook page and commenters on this site. And increasingly this is being recognised. Spotting a market at least, BlackMilkClothing have produced a range of stunning outfits modelled specifically for female Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans everywhere.
Featuring lines such as the, “Off to Battle” bathing suit featuring Aragorn or “Middle Earth Map” leggings, the outfits are in the $110 Australian Dollars to $85 AUD price range, (around $116 U.S. dollars and £73 GBP). That’s expensive, but these are pretty unique designs. They ship worldwide, by the way.
How females have been represented in Fantasy and SF is not a new topic. The question of why females are so under represented in the Hobbit films was asked once more, for example in Time Ideas at the turn of the year, but this is a long-running debate. To my mind there are few simple answers to it and you only have to look at where and when the Hobbit stories were written, and to a great extent by whom. JRR Tolkien was an Oxford academic who lived in a very ‘blokey’ era where, especially if you were an old English academic you spent most of your spare time consorting with other academics, i.e. men, during your off-duty time. In Tolkien’s case, the informal literary circle he inhabited was known as ‘The Inklings‘.
Imagination knows no bounds however, so The Hobbit he created in that crucible is now no longer seen as a book exclusively for men; perhaps it never was actually, by both males and females that have been inspired by it since 1937.
We have the promo video of the products here. Take a look and tell us what you think of them.