Éowyn
The Shieldmaiden of Rohan

Very fair was her face, and her long hair was like a river of gold. Slender
and tall she was in her white robe girt with silver, but strong
she seemed and stern as steel, a daughter of kings.

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The King of the Golden Hall

"Grave and thoughtful was her glance, as she looked on the king with cool pity in her eyes. Very fair was her face, and her long hair was like a river of gold. Slender and tall she was in her white robe girt with silver, but strong she seemed and stern as steel, a daughter of kings. Thus Aragorn for the first time in the full light of day beheld Éowyn, Lady of Rohan, and thought her fair, fair and cold, like a morning of pale spring that is not yet come to womanhood."


Basic informations

Name: Éowyn, Lady of Rohan
Alias: The Shieldmaiden of the Mark, Dernhelm
Born: 2995 in the Third Age
Mother: Théodwyn, sister to the King of Rohan, Théoden
Father: Éomund of Eastfold, chief Marshal of the Mark
Brother: Éomer Éadig, born 2991



Éowyn, the Shieldmaiden of Rohan

Beautiful and strong, Lady Éowyn of Rohan was the sister of Éomer and the only daughter of Éomund and Théodwyn (sister of King Théoden). Éowyn didn't look much like her other family members. She had some recessive traits that made her look very much like one of her ancestors, Morwen of Lossarnach (alias Steelsheen).

When Éowyn's mother died, she and Éomer were sent to Edoras to spend their childhood living with their uncle Théoden. Éowyn was a good fighter and rider. She could fight as well as any man.

In the TA 3019, when Lord Aragorn rode to the capital of Rohan, Edoras, Éowyn met him and fell in love with him. But Aragorn was already betrothed to Arwen.

Dressed as a Rider of Rohan and under the name Dernhelm, Éowyn rode with the Rohirrim to the Battle of the Pelennor. On March 15th of the year 3019 in the Third Age she fought there and defeated the Witch-king of Angmar with the help of Meriadoc Brandybuck. Later Éowyn was known as the Lady of the Shield-arm. (Her shield-arm was broken by the Lord of the Nazgul in that battle.)

In Minas Tirith she met Faramir, brother of Boromir and son of Denethor. They were married in the same year, after the downfall of Sauron and then they lived peacefully in the hills of Emyn Arnen in Ithilien.

The date of Éowyn's death and whether or not she had any children are unknown.

Éowyn and Éomer were named after Eorl the Young, the first King of Rohan. Her name means "One who delights in horses" in Old English.


Daughter of Kings

Aragorn calls Éowyn "daughter of Kings", and this family tree shows what he means. Her mother Théodwyn was the youngest sister of King Théoden. She could claim descent from Théoden's father King Thengel, and all of his royal ancestors back to Eorl the Young, who had founded Rohan more than five centuries earlier.

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