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Éowyn

Lady Éowyn (2995-?) is a character in the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The first syllable of Éowyn's name sounds like "eh-ah," with the "ah" just barely pronounced; the actors in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy consistently mispronounce her name and the names of Éomer and Théoden, which both are pronounced similarly.

Warning: Plot details follow.

We first met Éowyn, the niece of King Théoden of Rohan, in his palace in Meduseld. Frustrated by unrequited love for Aragorn and longing for the glory of battle, she disguised herself as a man, and under the alias of Dernhelm, traveled with the Riders of Rohan, carrying before her also Merry who was likewise ordered to remain. Théoden in fact names her ruler of Rohan in his absence.

During the battle of Pelennor Fields, she fought by her King Théoden; when he was injured when combatting the Witch-king of Angmar, lord of the Nazgûl, she and Merry (Meriadoc Brandybuck) scrambled to help him. Confronting the Witch-king, who boasted that "no living man" could hinder him, she removed her helmet, exposing her long blond hair and declaring,

"No living man am I! You look upon a woman."

Just as Macduff disconcerted Macbeth by revealing he was not "of woman born", Éowyn took advantage of the prophecy's loophole. She then slew the Witch-king after Merry stabbed him behind the knee.

Éowyn was severly injured in this fight, and because of the poisonous effect of the Nazgûl, she faced near-certain death; however, she was treated in time by Aragorn during his brief rest in Minas Tirith. Since she didn't yet recover completely, she couldn't join Aragorn's army on their way to Mordor; however while recuperating in the Houses of Healing, she met Faramir, with whom she fell in love, and after the demise of Sauron, the happily wed couple settled in Ithilien. (It should be noted that in the film adaptation of the book, The Return of the King, Éowyn's injuries after fighting the Witch-king are less severe than in the books: she is conscious but hurt, as opposed to unconscious.) [It should in turn be noted that although she doesn't instantly lose consciousness, in deleted scenes she *is* near death: a scene involving her brother finding her and thinking her dead was filmed and seen in trailers, but ultimately the full extent of her injuries will be shown in the Extended Edition).

Note: Éowyn means "horse lover" in Anglo-Saxon (the language Tolkien used to represent Rohirric).

The Line of Éowyn

     Eorl
      |
    Brego
      |
  -------------
  |           |
Baldor      Aldor
              |
     -------------
     |           |
 3 daughters   Fréa
                 |
             Fréawine
                 |
             Goldwine
                 | 
               Déor
                 |
               Gram
                 |
        ------------------
        |                |
 Helm Hammerhand        Hild
                         |
                      Fréalaf
                         |
                    Brytta Léofa
                         |
                       Walda
                         |
                       Folca
                         |
                      Folcwine
                         |  
         --------------------------------            
         |          |        |          |
      Fastred    Folcred   daughter   Fengel
                                        |
                                   ---------------
                                   |             |
                              2 daughters    Thengel = Morwen Steelsheen
                                                     |
          ------------------------------------------------             
          |           |                   |              |
       daughter   Théoden = Elfhild   2 daughters   Théodwyn = Éomund
                          |                                  |
                       Théodred                              |
                                                             |
                             -------------------------------------
                             |                                   | 
               Lothiriel = Éomer                     Faramir = Éowyn
                         |                                   |
                      Elfwine                             Elboron
                                                             |
                                                          Barahir