Éomer is a man of tactical action and logic, who sees no point in indulging the silly fantasies of young hobbits. He is kind but frank in his assessment of their fate to the three hunters. Éomer deals in facts: hobbits are small and no good in battle; we slaughtered the uruk-hai and burned the lot of them; the king has lost his mind. He comfortably assumes a position of leadership with his men, and measures his success through objective means (battles won, etc). Éomer likes to have a plan to work by and has no problem challenging things he sees as irrational. His previous experiences in battle contribute to a wealth of stored information, but also make him cynical. Éomer notices changes in his environment that don’t match previous encounters and points them out. He is comfortable in familiar environments (Rohan, the eve of war) and content to follow the example of his ancestors, both in battle tactics and in the traditions of court. He respects “how it has always been done,” since that allows him to take the past success of others and build on it. Though he doesn’t have much time for theorizing, Éomer is also keenly aware of the true motivations behind Gríma’s attentiveness to his sister. Though he doesn’t talk about his feelings much, Éomer shows ample evidence of them in his resentment toward Gríma, his disheartened view of Rohan’s future, his scorn for Merry’s desire to go to war, and his intense grief upon finding his sister on the battlefield. He cares very much about his country and his family, enough that he spends a great deal of time fighting for them both. But, his weak spot is his inability to relate to his sister on an emotional level and his dismissal of others’ feelings.

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Éomer reacts to threatening situations through aggression, by standing up to his uncle’s corrupt advisor and accusing him of lusting after his sister. He wants to protect his loved ones and his country, but is also prone to a lack of idealism in favor of brutal reality. Éomer thinks all is lost until Gandalf rides out to recover him and bring him back in time to rescue Helm’s Deep. He doesn’t see the point in sugarcoating what he has to say about Merry when he tells him he shall not fight in battle and the battle is no place for Halflings, nor for his sister, either. Éomer does not like to be emotionally vulnerable and comes across as brisk, dismissive, and unconcerned with others’ feelings, though he will always come to the defense of those who rely upon him.