This paper explores the origin and purpose of one of Tolkien’s most highly debated characters: Eowyn. I have examined Eowyn from multiple angles, taking into consideration Christian, feminist, and literary perspectives, as well as considering her medieval origins. Tolkien synthesizes all of these factors into a strong female character who represents a larger theme of his work, the triumph of paradoxical power which comes through humility and gentleness. Eowyn’s inner struggle is illuminated particularly by her relationships with both Aragorn, who represents power and renown, and Faramir, who represents restraint and humility. Her final acceptance of her femininity and strength as a woman is achieved largely through the intervention of Faramir, who helps her to understand her heart.
"The Shieldmaiden of Rohan,"
Inklings Forever: Published Colloquium Proceedings 1997-2016: Vol. 7, Article 32.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/inklings_forever/vol7/iss1/32
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