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Eowyn, Lady of Rohan by Finisternis Eowyn, Lady of Rohan by Finisternis
One more piece to my Tolkienastic collection.

Éowyn is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. She is a noblewoman of Rohan who describes herself as a "shieldmaiden".
In The Lord of the Rings Éowyn, a daughter of the House of Eorl and the niece of King Théoden, is introduced in Meduseld, the king's hall at Edoras. She was the daughter of Théodwyn (sister to Théoden) and Éomund, and the sister of Éomer. When she was only three years old, her father was killed fighting Orcs and her mother died of grief. Éowyn and Éomer were raised in her uncle's household as if they were his own children.

Tolkien writes she fell into depression since she longed to win renown in battle - more so because she was noble - but being female, her duties were reckoned to be at Edoras. When Théoden's mind was poisoned by his adviser Gríma Wormtongue, Éowyn was obliged to care for her uncle, and his deterioration pained her deeply. To make matters worse, she was stalked by Gríma.

However, when Gandalf (along with Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli) arrived, he healed Théoden from Wormtongue's corruption, and Éowyn became infatuated with Aragorn. It soon became clear that Aragorn could not return her love (though he did not mention his betrothal to Arwen), and would not allow her to join him in going to war. As Aragorn pointed out, her duty was with her people; she had to shoulder the responsibility of ruling Rohan in Théoden's stead of when the war-host of Rohan went to war. Aragorn also said her duties were no less valiant. Likening her situation to a "cage", Éowyn said she feared

" stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."

Frustrated by unrequited love for Aragorn and longing for death in battle, she disguised herself as a man and under the alias of Dernhelm, travelled with the Riders of Rohan to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields outside the White City of Minas Tirith in Gondor, carrying with her Merry, who had also been ordered to remain behind.

During the battle of the Pelennor Fields, she confronted the Witch-king of Angmar, Lord of the Nazgûl, after Théoden was injured. The Witch-king boasted that "no living man may hinder me," referring to the 1,000-year-old prophecy by the Elf-lord Glorfindel, foretelling that the Witch-king would not "fall by the hand of man". Éowyn then removed her helmet and declared:

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

The Witch-king was killed after Merry stabbed him behind the knee and Éowyn stabbed him "between crown and mantle".

Éowyn was severely injured in this fight (her shield-arm was broken) and believed dead until Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth realized she still lived. Because of the poisonous effect of the Black Breath of the Nazgûl and her hopeless love for Aragorn, she faced near-certain death and was brought up to the Houses of Healing together with Merry. However, she was treated in time by Aragorn. Éomer, while not blaming Aragorn, believed that unrequited love was at the root of her depression. Aragorn answered that she loved Éomer more truly than him, as her feeling for Aragorn was largely fantasy about the idea of Aragorn as a great leader and warrior representing the heroic life she could not have; and Gandalf pointed out the deeper roots of her depression.

While recuperating in the Houses of Healing, she met Faramir, with whom she soon fell in love, understanding that her previous "love" for Aragorn was more of hero-worship. Her outlook on life also changes:

"Then the heart of Éowyn changed, or else she understood it... - ...I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren."

After the demise of Sauron, the happily wedded couple settled in Ithilien, of which Faramir was made the ruling Prince by King Elessar (the name with which Aragorn ascended the throne of the Reunited Kingdom). Faramir and Éowyn had at least one son (likely Elboron), and their grandson was Barahir, who wrote The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen in the Fourth Age. Tolkien nowhere gives the cause and date of Éowyn's death.


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I love it.
ohbeautifuldelilah Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Writer
ASDFGHJKL; This is gorgeous, okay. This is perfection.
FALL14ANGEL Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
very good
joycommander Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oRdinaRy33 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely stunning!
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Love-F Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Meu outro amor... Linda! :kitty:
McBaa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic photomanip, easily the best I've ever seen. From the thumbnail I thought it was a painting, then an actual photo XD Never guessed manipulation until I saw the stock references.

I was inspired to draw something along the same lines after seeing it, and if you don't mind would it be alright to post it on deviantart? I'll link back to you as the original source, of course.
annipannipytti Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Probably one of the best photo manipulations I've seen so far! :clap:
Beautiful! And you've really managed to capture Eowyn's story and personality in this one picture =)
AspenEowyn Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love this pic BUT the sword is wrong that's not Eowyns sword
JeffersonAF Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009   Digital Artist
jediprincess Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful. You captured the mood of Eowyn perfectly!
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Mah-kee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Student Artist
realmente parece bem real...
adorei o cabelo
asfaloth12 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Very nice !
inkandpenproductions Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Student Writer
this is great. i loved Eowyn, i always thought she was great. i mean, no man was ever able to kill the witch king so ha ha on them
Finisternis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Digital Artist
Tolkien's work have a few women, but when they makes something, it's a decisive and certain thing!
Thank you, you are welcome!

prialanis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional
perfeita *.*
theta-rose Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009   Digital Artist
This is the most beautiful rendering of Eowyn I have seen.
Well done!
xXSaltAndPepperXx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
She's so pretty. :)
FairieGoodMother Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy New Year!!! This has been Featured in my All Time Favorites of 2008 Journal. I Hope you have a Fantastic 2009 and keep producing such Beautiful work:glomp:
Finisternis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Digital Artist
Many thanks, my dear! :hug:
archseer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
omg, gorgeous! looks so real!
Finisternis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
archseer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
you're welcomed :)
mrclassical Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Excellent work. LoTR FTW!
Finisternis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! I love to work inspired by Tolkien!

ze-mane Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
nossa fiko bom pa carai :D
aphostol Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
So beautiful work ... the light is perfect :heart:
Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
so beautiful
Finisternis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
Frank-Beer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008   Photographer
Enchanting, beautifully done and a very realistic looking result :thumbsup:
SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely piece Gilly. The crisp clarity and wonderful lighting makes this piece look very fresh and pure.
FairieGoodMother Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply Stunning:wow: Thank you so much for using my stock:glomp:
dilemmanya Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
its so nice work friend :clap:
kagaminouso Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
this is so pretty. I love the light ^^
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May 14, 2008, 5:59:05 PM