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actuallyfeanor · a month ago
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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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frodo-sam · 2 months ago
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TOLKIEN WEEK  (2/2) – day 1. favorite female character: éowyn
I fear neither death nor pain.
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lady-arryn · 24 days ago
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THE LORD OF THE RINGS costumes appreciation: ― Eowyn’s funeral dress (costume design by Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor)
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lindir · a month ago
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The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. 
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lady-arryn · 2 months ago
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TOLKIEN WEEK Day 7 - favorite familial relationship
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argumate · 3 days ago
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Eowyn is obviously the funniest character in Lord of the Rings because of what she does to analysis of the book, where you have to say "except for that one character who fears being restricted to the feminine role based on her gender and disguises herself as a man to fight valiantly on the battlefield as well as any of her comrades but comes to realise that her obsession with glory in battle was driven by an almost suicidal level of alienation to her mandated role and the complex mix of admiration and envy for the men around her that leads her to interrogate her own desires and tame her mental demons and ultimately craft a self-actualised life for herself with the support of the people she loves that balances freedom and social connection, the female representation in this book is terrible"
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femmefaramir · 2 years ago
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older lotr illustrations sometimes depict éowyn wearing ridiculously small armour. apart from the problem of general sexualisation of the only female character (who really does anything), there’s another hilarious thought:
éowyn pretended to be dernhelm, a man. to fit in, she must have worn men’s armor. so the armor in the illustrations is normal for rohirrim.
therefore, all the rohirrim rode to war just like that:
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willow-s-linda · a year ago
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She’s no man D:
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jadenvargen · 3 years ago
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i made this for twitter ages ago but i never uploaded it here rip
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mirkwoodest · 2 years ago
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Damn I just realized that since the Rohirrim didn’t read or write (wise but unlearned, writing no books but singing many songs) that means Eowyn couldn’t read or write and since she marries Nerdboy McGee who loves reading and writing more than anything you can your bottom dollar one of the first thing that happens in their courtship/marriage is Faramir and Eowyn wholesome tutoring sessions in the Minas Tirith library (!) 
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silmaspens · 4 months ago
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“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund'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.”
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liridi · 9 months ago
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I know most people love the witch king moment but for me the scenes that live in my mind rent free are when Eowyn’s drowning in her bitterness over the suffocating experience of being a woman [redraw] 
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