Éowyn feels constantly frustrated because she isn’t able to be true to herself—she must stay behind with the women, cook, and wait for the men to return rather than ride out to war, where she hopes she will prove her valor and that she is the equal of any man. She has such a fierce need to be a female warrior, she chafes beneath the influence of her guardian when he tells her she must remain behind and govern Rohan in his absence. She doesn’t accept that only men can seek merit on the field of battle, so she saddles a horse, dons armor, and rides out hidden among the men. Though overwhelmed by the chaos of war, she soon adapts to its frenzy and manages to bring down an Oliphaunt. Éowyn believes those who do not carry swords “can still die upon them,” so she spends her free time training to use them. She fiercely defends Merry’s right to go to war, because she sees herself in his desire for usefulness. She admires Aragorn for his talent, strength, and ability to tame horses, and tries to emulate him. She is also a swift and fierce judge of character, who reacts instantly to things—she thinks it is cowardice not to defend their people. Though Grima attempts to plant doubt and despair in her heart, she condemns him and flees his presence. Though able to take advantage of situations as they arise (going into battle, making Aragorn soup to show her high regard for him, etc), Éowyn is always wondering when her moment will come, if this is going to be her life forever. She doesn’t want to remain inactive and not do things, so she finally takes matters into her own hands and goes to war.

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Éowyn pushes back against those who try to control her, but also gives in to parental authority, obeying her uncle even when it goes against her personal wishes. She does indeed stay behind when he orders her to… the first time. She reacts against her brother when he mocks Merry for his desire to go to war. Éowyn is looking for adventure, but also a group of friends. She takes Merry with her into battle both out of affection for him, and a belief that he should be allowed to go, and because she is scared to ride out by herself. Together, they muster the courage to bring down the Witch King. Though terrified, Éowyn fights her heart out, and strives constantly to make something of herself. She “fears neither death nor pain, but a cage…” because it will forever prevent her from becoming who she wants to be. She does not want to die withered and spent, without ever having proved herself. This desperate need for purpose and to do “more” drives her out of her comfort zone and helps her accomplish what no man could.