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Let it be known that this site is devoted to the character of Eowyn as she appears in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings.' This site was renovated in early 2003 to include limited information on the new Peter Jackson films, but I don't believe in spoiler warnings, since the book's been around longer than I've been alive.



Welcome to Éowyn of the Rohirrim, an information and fan site devoted to the brave heroine from The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

In 1937, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien published The Hobbit, an intended children's book for which he produced three sequels that would eventually become the trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

The vastness of these works is unmatched, not merely in length but also in vision. Tolkien designed an entire world around his beloved "halfling" characters, the hobbits Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. He even invented fully-functioning languages to go with his stories, seeing fit to properly name every character, place and object in his "Middle Earth".

One of the most talked-about aspects of Tolkien's writings are his depictions of female characters. Some scholars have argued that Tolkien lacked a sense of understanding when it came to placing a female voice in his stories, and, inddeed, the men outnumber the women in "The Lord of the Rings." But the strength of those few existing female characters equals, if not betters, that of the men.

As a shieldmaiden trapped and powerless against the evil forces threatening to destroy her kingdom, Éowyn stands out as a shining catalyst in "The Lord of the Rings." It is her sword that changes the tide of war. Tolkien has created, in Éowyn, a poignant and realistic female character, existing as she must in a decidedly male world--as if Tolkien himself understood and appreciate the nature of his own male-dominated mythology and its probable effects on those few women who rose to greatness. Éowyn's is a refreshing and objective perspective on an otherwise suffocating world of quest, unrest and heroism.


Not ready for specifics? Try these bigger sites:

    The Barrow-Downs - go here for articles, a dictionary, and cool games

    The Tolkien Trail - a classic site; go here for the forum and the great downloads

    The Encyclopedia of Arda - every proper noun is here, from "Turuphanto" to "Chica Chubb"

    The One Ring.net - go here for the Q&A section, movie news, and articles



Cool drawing of Éowyn by Meijken


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