Thursday, April 23, 2015

Manly Dwarves Want Meat

Three years ago, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in theaters.  This adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkein's popular fantasy novel has severable memorable scenes, but one that immediately comes to mind is when the Dwarves stay in the elven city of Rivendell.

During their quest to reclaim their homeland, a company of Dwarves find themselves at the hospitality of Elves.  As guests in the city, the Dwarves are offered food and wine - which they readily accept - only to find salads and fruits on the table.  "Where's the meat?" asks the warrior Dwalin as he lifts a lovely salad out of his bowl. They even complain about the relaxing flute and harp music, instead opting to break out into a hearty tavern song.

It is interesting to note that Dwarves and Elves are known to be spiteful towards each other and disapprove of each other's practices.  Fictional these races may be, it's evident that the Dwarves are portrayed as masculine due to their warlike and meat-eating nature, while the Elves are rather effeminate and prefer to eat vegetables.  In fact, a male Elf was mistaken as a female by a member of the company.  This parallels Adam's theory of vegetables being feminine.  Even more so, the meat eating Dwarves are much more joyous and break out into song and toss food about, yet the Elves simply look on in disdain.  This scene of the Dwarves antics can be tied into Adam's reflection on the vegetable being a symbol of passivity and meat-eating societies being considered as virile.

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