Inktober day 17: "Collide." The Eagles are coming!
Day 18: "Moon." A witchsona for my birthday looking at moon runes.
Day 19: "Loop." Glorfindel and Eowyn, because it was Glorfindel who predicted that no mortal man could destroy the Witch King of Angmar, and Eowyn fulfilled that prophecy a thousand years later.
Day 20: "Sprout." Yavanna, Giver of Fruits.
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Whenever I read LotR and reach the battle between Eowyn and the Witch-king, I get the impression that the reason why the prophecy loophole works isn’t that the Witch-king is unkillable except for some illogical weakness nobody had thought about yet for misogynistic reasons, but that the Witch-king himself derives so much of his power from the fear he instills in others and from his own belief that he is unkillable. Eowyn doesn’t fear him, because she doesn’t fear death. When she twists his words right back at him, she’s not trying to exploit a prophecy loophole, she’s just making a play on the double meaning of the word «man» with fairly standard battlefield bravado.
But, crucially, it gets the Witch-king wondering if there might be an actual loophole in the prophecy. He starts doubting his own invincibility. There’s no logical reason why a woman might be able to kill him if a man cannot, but prophecies are tricky things. What if …
And this is what undoes him, in the end. This last minute doubt. The Witch-king, deep down, believes that Eowyn can kill him, thus making it possible for her to do so.
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