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February 18, 2001
From what I can glean from this debate, the main reason for
Eowyn's depression has not been mentioned here yet.
She, like King Theoden, was subject to Wormtongue's lies. Though Gandalf used magic to
heal the king, Eowyn did not receive that relief. True, the despair probably affected her
to a lesser degree than Theoden, but the same hopeless outlook the King of Rohan bore was
likewise apparent in Eowyn. I believe that this and the great strain of watching her
dearly beloved uncle crumble before her eyes had a devastating effect.
Eowyn was a woman of action. I think, if I were in her position and I did not want to live
anymore, I would want to die bravely in service to what I loved most. To her, this meant
going to battle.
I am not sure if the healing and joy Eowyn found lay in finding her identity. The houses
of healing, along with curing her wound might have cured her from Grima's spell. This, and
the sympathy and unconditional friendship from Faramir, played a large role in Eowyn
finding her happiness.