Race and gender statistics from Tolkien’s Middle Earth

From the LOTR project

The population of Middle-Earth and Aman divided by race and sex. Based on characters from the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the posthumously published works including Silmarillion.

Only 19 percent of the total number of characters are female with the highest percentage among Valar, Maiar and Hobbits. The low number of females is not due to lack of females in Middle-Earth but due to the fact that Tolkien did not describe many of them.

There is only one female Dwarf described, Dís. She had two sons, Fíli and Kíli, who perished in the Battle of Five Armies defending their mortally wounded uncle Thorin. It was this act that made Dís one of very few women included in Dwarven genealogies and the only one mentioned in Tolkien’s works.

(via Voices)

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2 responses to “Race and gender statistics from Tolkien’s Middle Earth”

  1. Prosk says:

    In defence of one of my literary heroes: 1) It would be an interesting study to see a comparison between these gender ratios to those found in the mythologies that formed the basis of his Middle-Earth project (i.e.: Beowulf, and other Northern European mythologies). As my (poor) memory serves, I recall only small female presence in these texts. However, the ones that do appear tend to be fairly strong characters. Both characteristics are quite similar to Tolkien’s work. 2) I remember reading that Tolkien had an extremely high view of his wife, and always felt that she had married below her status. Their tombstones are inscribed with the names of a couple from his work: Beren and Lúthien – a human man who loved and was loved by an elven woman. I wonder if he always felt that his depiction of female characters were inadequate somehow (I would disagree), and chose to only write in a few of them.

  2. Iba says:

    now take a ww2 book or bunch of books and do the same statistics… its war, and since “playing” wargames is mostly practices by men, its nothing unusual.