Éowyn is four years younger than her brother. She was born to Éomund and Théodwyn, who was sister to king Théoden. Both of Éowyn's parents died when she was young, leaving her in the care of her uncle. The years of Éowyn's youth were harsh, as orcs plagued the borders and threatened the people of Rohan. Éowyn learned early to fight to protect herself, and was proficient with sword and shield. When her uncle Theoden fell under the debilitating influence of Grima Wormtongue, she despised the role of caretaker that was thrust upon her, and reviled Wormtongue and his advances.
The arrival of Aragorn and his companions to the court of Meduseld gave Éowyn some hope, and her attraction to Aragorn was immediate, although equally painful to her because she knew he was spoken for. She led her people to safety at the Battle of the Hornburg (Helm's Deep) and stayed to defend them, but when the Rohirrim were mustered to ride to the aid of Minas Tirith, she disguised herself as a warrior named Dernhelm so as to ride with them.
Together with Merry Brandybuck, Éowyn fought on the Pelennor Fields and killed the Witch King, gravely wounding herself in the process. Éomer found her and thought her dead, but she was healed by Aragorn. While in the Houses of Healing, Éowyn met Faramir, who was also recovering, and she opened her heart to him. They were wed, and Éowyn became a healer. It is not known whether she bore Faramir any children, although it is almost certain she did.
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