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I am no man.
~ Eowyn to the Witch-King of Angmar right before killing him

Éowyn is a character in The Lord of the Rings. She is a shield-maiden of Rohan who helped Gondor fight against Sauron's army. King Théoden told her to stay behind when the Men left to fight, but she decided to come anyway. In the battle, Éowyn kills the Witch-King of Angmar with the help of Merry Brandybuck. In the acclaimed film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, she is portrayed by Miranda Otto. She was born in Edoras, and lost her parents, Théodwyn and Éomund, in her early age but also, she was forced to look after her ailing uncle, King Théoden. She was trained like a complete warrior with all the skills, like sword fighting or other crafting skills.

Lord of the Rings book series

The Two Towers

Éowyn is briefly seen in The Two Towers with her uncle and is mentioned to be his sister-daughter.

When her uncle left for the Hornburg, Éowyn was left in charge of Rohan. She was also having growing feelings for Aragorn. However, he dismissed her feelings.

The Return of the King

Éowyn plays a more important role in The Return of the King.

When trouble began stirring in Gondor, Éowyn begged her uncle to go with them for their next battle, but Théoden refused. Being furious for being left behind again, Éowyn disguised herself as a man to go to war and using the alias, Dernhelm.

She later carried Merry with her, who was also ordered to remain behind. During the Battle of Pelennor fields, Éowyn fought alongside her uncle, but he was injured by the Witch-king of Angmar.

However, as she confronted the Witch-king, he told her that no living man could kill him. However, Éowyn took off her helmet and revealed that she was no man, but a woman. Merry stabbed the Witch-king in the leg while Éowyn was able to kill the Witch-king.

Being severely injured, Éowyn was immediately healed by Aragorn, who saved her just in time before she certainly would have died of her wounds. She remained behind to heal, while also meeting and falling in love with Faramir.

At Éowyn's behest, Merry was made a knight by her brother, the newly-named king of Rohan.

Post-War of the Ring

After the War of the Ring, Éowyn married Faramir just outside of Ithilien and became its lady while Faramir became it's king. Together, they had one child together named Elboron and had a grandson named Barahir.

Lord of the Rings film trilogy

The Two Towers

Éowyn appears first in the film attending to her uncle, whose mind was poisoned by Saruman. She later finds her cousin dead as Wormtongue advances to her, but Éowyn turns him away disgusted. She later goes outside, where she spots Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and Gandalf approaching.

The Return of the King

Personality

In temperament she was idealistic, spirited, brave and high-minded, but very lonely, having sacrificed her own happiness for years to care for her sick uncle and meet the responsibilities of a shield-maiden. She was willing to fight on the battlefield in defense of her people. She cared for her family very much and didn't like it when harm befallen on her uncle, brother or friends.

Physical appearance

Éowyn is a young woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. She mostly would wear silk dresses and sometimes wore armor while she was training. Notably, she disguised herself as a man she wore armor and chainmail. Éowyn was also a beautiful woman. Because of her beauty, two men were attracted to her: Grima Wormtongue and Faramir. However, Faramir was truly in love with Éowyn while Wormtongue was lustrous for her.

Relationships

Aragorn

Éowyn was at first in love with Aragorn.

They first met in Rohan when he came with the wizard Gandalf, the Elf Legolas and the Dwarf, Gimli, and seemed to have grown a friendship. She once made a terrible soup, but Aragorn still took it trying not to hurt her feelings and pouring it out. On the eve of battle, Aragorn later rejected her love affection toward him, as he was already in love with someone else. When Aragorn rejected her softly, Éowyn ran away heartbroken and soon knew that there would never be any love for Aragorn. While Aragorn did not love her, he did grow to care for Éowyn, seeing he healed her in the House of Healings. After she met and fell in love with Faramir, the two of them remained friends only.

Faramir

After Éowyn was poisoned by the Witch-king while killing him with Merry, she was sent to the House of Healings, where Aragorn healed her, Faramir and Merry. Éowyn first saw Faramir when she stood by her window and he was looking at her from afar. When the Battle of the Black Gate took place, Éowyn and Faramir began to realize they were in love with each other and bonded. They officially become a couple while Éowyn remains friends with Aragorn. They attend Aragorn's coronation, implying they are either engaged or are in a normal romantic relationship and had a quiet moment as the Forces of both Gondor and Rohan advanced to the Enemy, which Faramir and Éowyn grew fond of each other. They are officially a couple in the end, seeing she and Faramir attended Aragorn's coronation together. The two will eventually married and had a son named Elboron.

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  • In other versions of Tolkien's legendarium, Eowyn was Theoden's daughter as opposed to his niece.

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