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The Matter of Eowyn: Heroine or Deserter?

Challenge Details

Numerous list members have weighed in on a complex topic: What was Eowyn doing when she disguised herself as Dernhelm and rode to the Battle of the Pelennor, leaving behind her appointed position as the leader of the Rohirrim in Theoden's absence? What was she thinking to abandon her post? What do others think of her when they discover that she is with the calvary in Gondor rather than with the civilians back in Dunharrow?

JRRT is silent about whether she received chastisement, approbrium, punishment, etc., for having left her charge. Write out the reaction of others to the news that Eowyn is in Minas Tirith, not Dunharrow. It can be as part of the story, or it can be AU. It can be the reaction of any one character, or of any combination of characters. It can be in opposition to her, in support of her, or some combination. The one restriction is that you may not write Eowyn's own internal thoughts except as an epilogue or coda. You may, however, have her speaking to anyone else and write out that dialogue.

For example: What are the thoughts of Faramir? Merry? Ioreth? The Eorlingas (either/both in the cavalry and in Dunharrow)? Aragorn? Gandalf?

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kerosene - Thoughts
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Last Updated: 08 Apr 03
Eomer's (rather angsty) thoughts on Eowyn riding to join the Battle of the Pellenor. An answer to the closed challenge Eowyn: Heroine or Deserter nuzgul.
Marta - The Worst of All Evils
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Last Updated: 23 Apr 06
On the night after the battle of the Pelennor Fields, Éomer and Elfhelm share words in the Houses of Healing.


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Entry Date: 14 Aug 14

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Created: February 14, 2004

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Entries: 3

Originator: Meg Thornton

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