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To read some of Tolkien's Éowyn-related songs from 'The Lord of the Rings' click here.


Chapter VI: The King of the Golden Hall (The Two Towers, Book Three)

    HAMA: There is Éowyn, daughter of Éomund, his sister. She is fearless and high-hearted. All love her. Let her be as lord to the Eorlingas, while we are gone.

    THEODEN: It shall be so. Let the heralds announce to the folk that the Lady Éowyn will lead them!



Chapter II: The Passing of the Grey Company (The Return of the King, Book Five)

    EOWYN: Shall I always be chosen? Shall I always be left behind when the Riders depart, to mind the house while they win renown, and find food and beds when they return?

    ARAGORN: A time may soon come when none will return. Then there will be need of valour without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in the last defence of your homes. Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

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    ARAGORN: Your duty is with your people.

    EOWYN: Too often have I heard of duty. But am I not of the House of Eorl, a shieldmaiden and not a dry-nurse? I have waited on faltering feet long enough. Since they falter no longer, it seems, may I not now spend my life as I will?

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    ARAGORN: What do you fear, lady?

    EOWYN: A cage. To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recalls or desire.



Chapter III: The Muster of Rohan (The Return of the King, Book Five)

    MERRY: Thank you indeed! Thank you, sir, though I do not know your name.

    RIDER: Do you not? Then call me Dernhelm.



Chapter VI: The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (The Return of the King, Book Five)

    DERNHELM: Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!

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    WITCH KING: Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!

    DERNHELM: But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.



Chapter VIII: The Houses of Healing (The Return of the King, Book Five)

    EOWYN: To health? It may be so. At least while there is an empty saddle of some fallen Rider than i can fill, and there are deeds to do. But to hope? I do not know.

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    EOWYN: And what of the king's esquire, the Halfling? Éomer, you shall make him a knight of the Riddermark, for he is valiant!



Chapter V: The Steward and the King (The Return of the King, Book Six)

    EOWYN: It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two, Master Warden, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.


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    FARAMIR: Would you have my plain answer?

    EOWYN: I would.

    FARAMIR: Then, Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful.

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    EOWYN: No longer do I desire to be a queen.

    FARAMIR: That is well, for I am not a king. yet I will wed with the White lady of Rohan, if it be her will.

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    FARAMIR: Éowyn, do you not love me, or will you not?

    EOWYN: I wished to be loved by another, but I desire no man's pity.

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    EOWYN: Then must I leave my own people, man of Gondor? And would you have your proud folk say of you: 'There goes a lord who tamed a wild shieldmaiden of the North! Was there no woman of the race of Numenor to choose?

    FARAMIR: I would.

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    EOWYN: I do not wish to play at riddles. Speak plainer!

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    EOWYN: Wish me joy, my liege-lord and healer!

    ARAGORN: I have wished thee joy ever since first I saw thee. It heals my heart to see thee now in bliss.




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