muster the rohirrim

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Today in Middle-Earth: The muster of Rohan: the Rohirrim ride from Harrowdale (March 10th, 3019 T.A.)

 For a while the king sat silent. At last he spoke. ‘So we come to it in the end,’ he said; 'the great battle of our time, in which many things shall pass away. But at least there is no longer need for hiding. We will ride the straight way and the open road and with all our speed. The muster shall begin at once, and wait for none that tarry.' 

10 Reasons Eowyn is Awesome (aside from "No living man am I!" *kills the Witch King*)
  1. Does her best to care for Theoden and for the people of Rohan during Theoden’s deep depression, even while Wormtongue was stalking her and she felt caged in and miserable because people (including her family!) wouldn’t let her fight for her kingdom   
  2. Theoden tells her “The time for fear is past” after Gandalf cures him. She gives him a Look: “Grave and thoughtful was her glance, as she looked on the king with cool pity in her eyes.” Obvs she is happy Theoden is cured but understands that “haha, no, there is going to be so much time for fear in the future.” (And there is.)  
  3. Glowingly nominated by Hama to rule the people of Rohan in Theoden’s place. “She is fearless and high-hearted. All love her. Let her be as lord to the Eorlingas, while we are gone.” You can tell Eomer wasn’t the only one picking up Theoden’s slack while he was depressed.   
  4. Tries her best to talk Aragorn out of what she believes to be suicide via Paths of the Dead. I love this because she’s in love with him but she still calls him out on being, to the best of her knowledge, fatally crazy for choosing that option.
  5. Says Aragorn should let her go with him if the Paths aren’t going to kill them like he says, then calls Aragorn out on his sexism when he refuses to let her go into battle at his side: “All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more.”
  6. “I beg thee!” She’s not too proud to beg Aragorn for the chance to join him on the Paths of the Dead. That’s saying a lot about her drive when you consider the pride of the Rohirrim in general and the “stern” character of Eowyn in particular.
  7. Organizes the shit out of the mustering of the Rohirrim, commanding the men left behind and convincing a bunch of stubborn-ass men of Rohan to get their asses out of the fields and into the army since yesterday: “It was a weary road for the people to take, torn suddenly from their homes. There were hard words, for it is long since war has driven us from the green fields; but there have been no evil deeds. All is now ordered, as you see.”
  8. Arms Merry to the best of her ability and has clearly been plotting since at least the night of the muster to take him into battle with her: “Yet maybe we shall meet again, you and I.” MAYBE.  
  9. Good crossdresser! Merry doesn’t see through her disguise as “Dunhelm” and apparently no one else does either until she reveals herself.  
  10.  “Lithe and well-knit in frame.” A+ muscular shield-maiden who can wield a sword and ride her horse like a boss; not only can she organize an army, but she is FIT ENOUGH TO CHOP A NAZGUL MOUNT’S HEAD OFF IN ONE BLOW.
  11. Who am I kidding? Let’s have it again: “No living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. … Then tottering, struggling up, with her last strength she drove her sword between crown and mantle, as the great shoulders bowed before her.” AWWW YEAH. WHO KILLED SAURON’S TOP LIEUTENANT, THE ONE THAT MADE EVEN GANDALF FREAK OUT ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE STAND AGAINST HIM? THIS LADY. EOWYN, THAT WOMAN ARAGORN THOUGHT SHOULD STAY AT HOME AND MIND THE HOUSE. AND ALSO MERRY, THAT HOBBIT WHO THEODEN THOUGHT SHOULD STAY AT HOME AND MIND EOWYN, HELPED HER. HELL. YEAH. KING-DEFYING ROLE MODELS GETTING SHIT DONE.
  12. but yeah if you think Eowyn is only awesome bc she killed the Witch King (LIKE A BOSS) then you need to read this list and educate yourself bc she is SO COMPETENT IN SO MANY OTHER WAYS.     

elanra  asked:

Maggie hi. I heard you love impossible things. Here is one, there's a show on USA Network that has been to Television what The Raven Cycle has been to YA. It's called Eyewitness & its a crime thriller with an incredibly talented, diverse cast that handles LGBTQ issues in the most respectful & honest way & it will be cancelled unless it reaches 1 million in ratings this Sunday (last week was 610k+). I don't live in USA so my voice is sting but your voice has reach. Can you muster the Rohirrim?

Dear elanra,

Sure. Consider it signal boosted.

urs,

Stiefvater