legolas and eowyn

Broadly speaking, there are two types of LOTR fan fiction: bookverse and movieverse—and, for some reason, movieverse stories are often considered inferior to bookverse.

I would classify my own Legolas/Eowyn stories as movieverse (though set, for the most part, after the films), with additional material from the books (including The Hobbit and some of the other writings), and influenced by other writers’ fan fiction.

My discussion of Legolas and Eowyn here also mixes these sources.

To the best of my knowledge, there are only two passages in the book that show Legolas taking notice of Eowyn. The first occurs in The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter II, ‘The Passing of the Grey Company’.

[Aragorn’s] company was all mounted, and he was about to leap into the saddle, when the Lady Eowyn came to bid them farewell. She was clad as a Rider and girt with a sword … and [Aragorn] said: ‘Farewell, Lady of Rohan! I drink to the fortunes of your House, and of you, and of all your people. Say to your brother: beyond the shadows we may meet again!’

Then it seemed to Gimli and Legolas who were nearby that she wept, and in one so stern and proud that seemed the more grievous. But she said: ‘Aragorn, wilt thou go?’

‘I will,’ he said.

‘Then wilt thou not let me ride with this company, as I have asked?’

‘I will not, lady,’ he said. ‘For that I could not grant without leave of the king and of your brother; and they will not return until tomorrow. But I count now every hour, indeed every minute. Farewell!’

Then she fell on her knees, saying: ‘I beg thee!’

Legolas recalls this same incident in Book 5, Chapter IX, ‘The Last Debate’, when he tells the hobbits,

‘For all those who come to know [Aragorn] come to love him after his own fashion, even the cold maiden of the Rohirrim. It was at early morn of the day ere you came there, Merry, that we left Dunharrow, and such a fear was on all the folk that none would look on our going, save the Lady Éowyn, who lies now hurt in the House below. There was grief at that parting, and I was grieved to behold it.’

In the films the pairing fares only slightly better.

In The Two Towers, when Eowyn runs into the Golden Hall (as Gandalf is driving Saruman’s enchantment out of Theoden King), Legolas is the first to notice her—though it is Aragorn who lunges for her and holds her back.

Legolas notices Eowyn


Some pictures show Legolas and Eowyn standing side-by-side.

Legolas and Eowyn


And, for some strange reason, this moment was chosen for a well-known publicity shot.

Legolas and Eowyn


Later, when Theoden banishes Gríma Wormtongue, Legolas and Eowyn can again be seen standing side-by-side[1].

Legolas and Eowyn


In the Extended Edition of The Two Towers, as preparations are being made for battle at Helm's Deep, Eowyn confronts Aragorn[2] and, for a moment, Legolas—who is trying to persuade his friend to rest—looks annoyed, though it is not clear whether his anger is directed at Eowyn or at Aragorn.

Legolas is annoyed


Eowyn reveals that she is in love with Aragorn but he refuses to allow her to fight at his side. When Eowyn runs away, Legolas catches her and steadies her.

Eowyn runs away

Legolas steadies Eowyn


Finally, in The Return of the King, Legolas is standing outside Eowyn’s tent when she arms Merry and sends him to the smithy to have his sword sharpened.

Eowyn sends Merry to the smithy


He must overhear her asking Eomer why Merry (and, by implication, she) cannot be allowed to fight for those he loves—and then hear Eomer reply that she knows as little of war as the hobbit: “He would flee and he would be right to do so. War is the province of men, Eowyn.”

Legolas overhears?


All in all, there is very little canon support for this ship—though, of course, we fan fiction writers thrive on crumbs such as these!

And there are other moments when Legolas and Eowyn might have come together—before or during the journey to Helm’s Deep[3], for example, or amidst the preparations for the battle, or after the battle[4], or when Eowyn is in the House of Healing[5].

Who is Legolas?

Last month I wrote about the movie starring Orlando Bloom. I forget who else appeared in that flick, but in case you missed it, he played an elf named Legolas. Okay, I know … Orlando had a supporting cast and all, but it was his movie.
Michael Martinez.

For me, as for the overwhelming majority of fan fiction writers, Legolas is Orlando Bloom’s Legolas—a tall, slender, ethereal beauty with long blond hair.

Ethereal Legolas

Though Film Legolas is undeniably an action hero, some people still find him effeminate (especially compared to the sweaty-male ruggedness of Aragorn, Boromir and Eomer). But this was certainly not Tolkien’s concept of the elf:

“He was tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgûl, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock and through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship.” The Book of Lost Tales, Volume 2, Chapter 6.

For me, and for many others, Film Legolas simply represents a different kind of masculinity.

In the films we learn nothing of Legolas’ background except what we can deduce from the fact that he arrives at Rivendell on horseback and he is clearly awed by what he sees there.

Legolas is awed


In the Council scene he is flanked by several similarly-clad blond elves over whom he seems to have authority.

Legolas exerts his authority


If we want to know more about him, however, we must turn to the book. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter II, ‘The Council of Elrond’, Tolkien describes him as

… a strange elf clad in green and brown, Legolas, a messenger from his father, Thranduil, King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood.

What is strange about him? I think Tolkien simply means that he’s a stranger in Rivendell. Interestingly, although Legolas is a King’s son, no one in the book ever refers to him as ‘Prince Legolas’ (though, in the film, Gimli calls him a ‘pointy-eared princeling’); and the fact that his father has sent him as a messenger (to break the unpalatable news that Gollum has escaped) has led some people to speculate that Legolas must be a very junior member of the royal family—perhaps even an illegitimate son. No mention is ever made of his mother[6].

In the book it is Elrond who informs Boromir of Aragorn’s heritage. In the film, however, it is Legolas who leaps to his feet and says:

This is no mere ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance …

Aragorn’s response, “Havo dad (Sit down), Legolas,” implies that the two are already friends, and Peter Jackson chose to emphasise this relationship, having Legolas act as Aragorn’s faithful lieutenant—which has, of course, inspired the work of many slash writers.

Film Legolas joins the Fellowship by volunteering his bow. And when, a moment later, Gimli volunteers his axe, the elf gives what Orlando Bloom has called his ‘Oh no, not the dwarf!’ look.

Not the dwarf!


Michael Martinez makes an interesting comment on this look:

And just at that moment … [Legolas] realizes that this really isn’t HIS movie[7].

For me, the Council scene sums up Legolas’ character before he joins the Fellowship—a protected, slightly spoilt, slightly vain, young elven prince[8].

In the course of his adventure, however, Legolas—already a great warrior—grows as a person. He learns to accept other races as equals—humans, hobbits and, most remarkably, dwarves (forming a friendship with Gimli that will last to the end of the dwarf’s life). He learns to follow a human leader and to fight beside human comrades, he becomes someone his non-elven friends can rely upon, using his keen eyes, his quick reflexes and his elven senses to protect them—pulling Gandalf to safety on Mount Caradhras, preventing Boromir from falling from the steps in Moria, hauling Aragorn and Gimli over the wall at Helm’s Deep.

Book Legolas has a playful, almost childlike nature, which is not shown in the films except in his Orc-killing contests with Gimli.

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Film Legolas is shown learning several painful lessons about death and loss; for example, when Gandalf falls in Moria;

Legolas mourns Gandalf


when Boromir dies at Amon Hen;

Legolas sees Boromir dying


when he believes that the hobbits have died beside the Forest of Fangorn;

Legolas offers up a prayer


when he observes Theodred’s funeral; and when Aragorn apparently dies on the journey to Helm’s Deep[9].

Legolas thinks Aragorn is dead


Book Legolas’ loyalty to his mortal friends costs him dearly. By following Aragorn to Pelargir, he comes too near the sea and hears the gulls’ cry, and it awakens in him a great longing to sail to the Undying Lands, where elves dwell beside the Valar.

‘Then I thought in my heart that we drew near to the Sea; for wide was the water in the darkness, and sea-birds innumerable cried on its shores. Alas for the wailing of the gulls! Did not the Lady tell me to beware of them? And now I cannot forget them.’
The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter IX, ‘The Last Debate’.

Despite knowing that he will never again be content in Middle-earth, Legolas decides to stay until after Aragorn’s death, and he founds an elven colony in South Ithilien[10].

“In days to come, if my Elven-lord [his father] allows, some of our folk shall remove hither; and when we come it shall be blessed, for a while.” The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter IV, ‘The Field of Cormallen’.

Legolas … brought south Elves out of Greenwood, and they dwelt in Ithilien, and it became once again the fairest country in all the westlands. The Return of the King, Appendix A, ‘Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III Durin's Folk’.

Peter Jackson filmed, but never used, footage of Legolas in his new home:

Legolas in Eryn Carantaur!spacer


After Aragorn’s death (120 years later), Legolas finally builds a ship and sails west with Gimli.

Who is Eowyn?

Grave and thoughtful was her glance, as she looked on the king with cool pity in her eyes. Very fair was her face, and her long hair was like a river of gold. Slender and tall she was in her white robe girt with silver; but strong she seemed and stern as steel, a daughter of kings. The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter VI, ‘The King of the Golden Hall’.



Eowyn, daughter of Eomund, Marshall of the Mark, and Theodwyn, a sister of Theoden King, was orphaned at the age of five or six, when her father was slain by Orcs and her mother succumbed to grief soon after. Eowyn and her older brother, Eomer, were taken in by their uncle, who raised them as his own children.

Theoden fell under the spell of Saruman’s spy, Gríma Wormtongue, and whilst the King’s son, Theodred, and Eomer fought to protect their people, Eowyn was forced to care for the prematurely aged king (and to suffer Wormtongue’s amorous advances). When Gandalf arrived at Edoras, with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, Eowyn immediately fell in love with Aragorn. He rejected her, and refused to let her fight at his side, so Eowyn disguised herself as a man, (calling herself Dernhelm, meaning ‘Secret Helmet’), and, together with the hobbit, Merry, followed her uncle and her brother to Pelennor Field. There she fought bravely and, with Merry’s help, won lasting renown by slaying the Witch King of Angmar, whose boast,

‘Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!’ The Return of the King, Book 5 Chapter VI, ‘The Battle of Pelennor Fields’.

she dismissed with the reply, ‘I am no man!’ [Film script]

Though Eowyn won the fight, she was wounded, and her spirit was tainted by the Nazgûl’s ‘black breath’. She was found, lying on the battlefield, by Eomer, and brought to the House of Healing, where her body was healed by Aragorn, and her spirit by the love of the gentle Faramir.

Book Eowyn describes herself as a ‘shieldmaiden’ (though in the film it is Aragorn who uses this term), and there is some debate amongst fan fiction writers as to what this might mean—has she been trained to fight, or merely to ‘Farewell the men’ as they leave for battle, and to find food and bedding for them when they return?

In both the book and the film, Eowyn is a skilled horsewoman,

Eowyn brings down a mumak


and a skilled, courageous swordswoman:

Suddenly the great beast … fell down upon Eowyn, shrieking, striking with beak and claw.

Still she did not blench: maiden of the Rohirrim, child of kings, slender but as a steel-blade, fair but terrible. A swift stroke she dealt, skilled and deadly. The outstretched neck she clove asunder, and the hewn head fell like a stone.
The Return of the King, Book 5 Chapter VI, ‘The Battle of Pelennor Fields’.

Eowyn slays the Fell Beast


I believe that Eowyn and other women of the Rohirrim have been thoroughly trained in the martial arts (and that Eowyn has shown a particular aptitude), but that the men of their male-dominated society regard women warriors as the ultimate last resort[11]—because to call on the women to fight would be to admit that they had themselves been defeated.

Book Eowyn uses the term shieldmaiden[12] to signify qualities that are the opposite of traditional womanly virtues. At first she uses it positively, when she tries to persuade Aragorn to let her accompany him through the Paths of the Dead:

‘Too often have I heard of duty,’ she cried. ‘But am I not of the House of Eorl, a shieldmaiden and not a dry-nurse?…’ The Return of the King, Book 5 Chapter II, ‘The Passing of the Grey Company’.

Later she uses it negatively, when talking to Faramir of her despair, in the House of Healing:

‘Shadow lies on me still. Look not to me for healing! I am a shieldmaiden and my hand is ungentle…’

And, when she recovers from her despair—perhaps Tokien is saying, in order to recover from her despair—she specifically rejects the role of shieldmaiden and accepts the role of ‘woman’.

‘… and behold the Shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.’…

‘And would you have your proud folk say of you: There goes a lord who tamed a wild shieldmaiden of the North! Was there no woman of the race of Numenor to choose?’ The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter V, ‘The Steward and the King’.

At the end of the book, as part of the restoration of normality, the strong, ‘masculine’ woman becomes feminine, and marries the sensitive, ‘feminine’ man, who becomes the Prince of Ithilien; so all is well, and Legolas builds them a garden…

Film Eowyn differs quite markedly from Book Eowyn in two respects. First, whereas Tolkien repeatedly describes Book Eowyn as stern and cold (though passionate), film Eowyn, though just as strong, is softer, gentler, and cries more readily.

Secondly, Book Eowyn’s desire to go to war is shown to be suicidal:

[Merry] caught the glint of clear grey eyes; and then he shivered, for it came suddenly to him that it was the face of one without hope who goes in search of death. The Return of the King, Book 5 Chapter III, ‘The Muster of Rohan’.

Eowyn it was, and Dernhelm also. For into Merry's mind flashed the memory of the face that he saw at the riding from Dunharrow: the face of one that goes seeking death, having no hope. The Return of the King, Book 5 Chapter VI, ‘The Battle of Pelennor Fields’.

But Film Eowyn, created for a twenty-first century audience, goes to war for entirely heroic reasons—and, unlike Book Eowyn, she never gives the ‘I will be a shieldmaiden no longer’ speech, and she never explicitly marries Faramir.

Why Legolas/Eowyn?

Why ship Legolas and Eowyn?

Obviously, they look good together.

Legolas and Eowyn

Legolas and Eowyn

Legolas and Eowyn

Some writers who ship Legolas/Eowyn are inspired by the tragic potential of the pairing—by the fact that one is mortal, the other elven; that one will age, the other will not; that anything but the most fleeting union between them is impossible; and that Legolas, whether as a lover or a friend, must one day watch Eowyn die[13]. As a result, some beautifully bittersweet L/E Stories have been written.

Other writers, myself included, are attracted to a pairing of two warriors[14] that has all the advantages of slash without actually being slash. Legolas is not a typical male, Eowyn is not a typical female, and their relationship is not typical male-female. So, within a single scene, they may shift (and I'm not just talking about sex) from male-female to female-male or to male-male or to female-female.

Legolas and Eowyn in other writer’s fiction

There is relatively little L/E fan fiction available on the web. The following stories are ones that I have particularly enjoyed:

The Price of Freedom by Erin Lasgalen. Rating: R.
This is the most inventive L/E story I have ever read. After the Ring war, Eowyn, damaged as much by Gríma Wormtongue as by the Witch King’s black breath, declines Faramir’s offer of marriage and travels south where she finds employment as the Queen of Rhunballa’s bodyguard. After four years, the past catches up with her, she and Legolas are thrown together, and find themselves fighting an ancient evil. This is a ‘two warriors’ story, in which Eowyn is perhaps the stronger of the pair, especially since (given the nature of the villain) Legolas’ sex puts him more at risk.

A Healing Union by Larien. Rating: NC-17.
Fighting on the Deeping Wall, Eowyn is overpowered by an Uruk Hai. Legolas comes to her rescue but is stabbed with a poisoned dagger. As Eowyn nurses him, she finds herself fighting Sauron’s evil influence. This is the story that introduced me to the L/E pairing and it’s still one of my favourites! It depicts Legolas and Eowyn as two damaged people, (Legolas by Sauron, Eowyn by Gríma), drawing strength from each other. The ending is bittersweet.

Namárië by Alida-Fruit. Rating: K+.
A very sad, very beautiful story in which the immortal Legolas says farewell to his mortal friend.

Eowyn, Part 6 of Warrior Elf, by Nessa. Rating: NC-17.
A short but moving L/E interlude in an otherwise slash story, in which a tragically doomed Legolas spends the hours before Helm’s Deep with Eowyn. This Legolas, though bound to Boromir, gives himself to all, without reservation, and takes pity on a lonely Eowyn.

Pottymouth by LeRouret at Rating: NC-17.
A very AU story, set in the present, in which all the main characters from LOTR, granted immortality as a reward for having defeated Sauron, must make lives for themselves as best they can. Legolas, the pottymouth of the title, rescues Eowyn from the misery of a 9-to-5 job after Faramir has divorced her. Lots of fun.

Cold Comfort by Lady Aranel. Rating: G.
A beautiful, sad story in which, after her death, Legolas remembers Eowyn as she once was. Hints of an unrequited love?

Ethereal Night by Eowynangel. Rating: PG.
A brief, dreamlike encounter after the Battle of Helm’s Deep, in which Legolas tells Eowyn that Aragorn will never be hers, but reassures her that it is through no shortcoming of her own.

Crimson Flowers in a Garden of Snow by slightly-psychotic. Rating: T. WIP (and unlikely, I think, ever to be completed).
Legolas has been seriously injured at Helm’s Deep but, for some reason, is hiding the fact from Aragorn and Gimli. As Eowyn tends his wounds, they draw closer, both physically and emotionally. This is a lovely story—I wish she had finished it.

Where the Blue of the Night by Holly Golightly. Rating: unknown. No longer available on the web?
Legolas and Gimli, about to sail from the Grey Havens, encounter Eowyn. For reasons the writer does not explain, Eowyn has not aged and, as she bids farewell to Legolas, there’s a hint that, had circumstances been different, there might have been a great love between them.

Legolas and Eowyn in my own fiction

I started writing L/E fiction because I wanted to see a healthy, non-pregnant, masculine Legolas enjoying a happy heterosexual relationship (whilst having an adventure or two). When I happened upon a handful of stories that paired Legolas with Eowyn—Larien’s A Healing Union, Terri’s My Love at, Alida-Fruit’s Namárië and Holly Golightly’s Where the blue of the night—I immediately began mentally adding Eowyn to other people’s Legolas stories! But the pairing was not popular, and I realised that, if I wanted more, I would have to start writing it myself. It was the first fiction I’d ever written, and I chose to write movieverse because I love Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, and because my imagination works best when I have a visual and aural image in my mind.

In my first story, My bow shall sing with your sword (NC-17), Eowyn travels to Legolas’ colony of Eryn Carantaur to attend the Harvest Ceremony and finds herself helping him solve a murder. Legolas has been in love with Eowyn since the moment he first saw her, Eowyn has fallen in love with Legolas more gradually, they come together as a result of the Ceremony—will they stay together?

It seemed to me that, five years or so after declaring ‘I will be a shieldmaiden no longer’, Eowyn might be regretting it. One of the ongoing themes of my stories is that Legolas (for the most part) lets Eowyn make her own decisions and stands by her when she faces the consequences. My second story, To the Sea, to the Sea, the white gulls are crying (NC-17) opens with Legolas teaching Eowyn to use a bow. When the couple travel to Dol Amroth (to take part in Prince Elfwine’s Naming Ceremony), Legolas becomes the target of a dastardly apothecary who needs ‘elven seed’ for one of his preparations, Eowyn is stalked by his psychopathic associate (one of my better OMCs!), and the couple take turns in rescuing each other.

In the third story, The time of the Orcs has come (NC-17), Legolas, planning an Orc hunt, briefly loses his nerve and tries to order Eowyn to stay at home… He relents, but the story goes on to explore his fear of losing her in battle, and ends with his deciding exactly what he will do when she (inevitably) dies. The plot sees the pair fighting a supernatural enemy, as the Mulder and Scully of Middle-earth.

My fourth story, The lady vanishes (NC-17), is set at Minas Tirith during the Yuletide celebrations. It begins with Legolas and Eowyn’s discovering a body[15] in the ruins of Osgiliath, shows them investigating the related disappearance of a young woman, and uncovering the villainy of a local crime lord. In a subplot they face the possibility that Eowyn might be pregnant.

In the following story, Misrule in Mirkwood (NC-17), Legolas and Eowyn travel to Eryn Lasgalen hoping to persuade King Thranduil to give them his permission to marry. (Since The Hobbit is a fairy tale) Thranduil sets Eowyn three tasks. The plot is a reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and has a similar ending—Eowyn dies and is revived as an immortal.

Travelling home in the next story, The strange sea road (NC-17), the couple are captured by slavers and taken to Far Harad where, together with Haldir and Faramir, they have a very AU adventure, set in the world of the Arabian Nights. The story deals (too briefly, really) with the idea of immortality and the impact it has had on Eowyn (nowhere near enough, but I like a happy ending[16]).

Story seven, The usual suspects (NC-17), finds Legolas and Eowyn, waiting in Far Harad for a fair wind, and encountering an old enemy, in another AU plot that was partially inspired by the film Casablanca. (Meanwhile, Faramir has his own adventure in the desert).

I am currently working on two more long stories,

  • Shadowland, which is a crossover with the world of Dungeons and Dragons and features armies of dark elves, and… a parallel Middle-earth, complete with a Shadow Legolas and a Shadow Eowyn

  • the fanfic100 Eowyn/Legolas Challenge, which is set between stories five and six, and is gradually evolving into a continuous narrative, with some input from readers.


A list of things that I have found good sources of help or inspiration.

The Books
JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit
The Elvenking of The Hobbit is Legolas’ father, King Thranduil (though he is not named, and Legolas does not appear in the book). The Hobbit describes Mirkwood and King Thranduil’s Cave-Palace, and provides the context for Legolas’ life before LOTR.

JRR Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring (The History of Middle-earth, volume 10)
Contains Laws and Customs Among the Eldar pertaining to marriage and other matters related thereto… (known as LACE).

Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull, JRR Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator
Includes Tolkien’s drawings of Mirkwood, the Elvenking’s Gates, the Forest River, Esgaroth, etc, and shows how his ideas developed.

The DVDs
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

All directed by Peter Jackson. I would recommend watching both the theatrical and the extended versions, the extras and the appendices. It’s fun to see how young Orlando Bloom seems when he’s not in ‘Legolas mode’.

Reference books
Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
A useful A-Z reference book, endorsed by Christopher Tolkien.

Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle Earth
A complete set of maps that allow you to describe landscapes, predict weather, calculate distances, estimate journey times…

The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring
The Art of The Two Towers
The Art of The Return of the King
The Art of The Lord of the Rings

Conceptual art and designs from the films. Full of inspiring visual details.

References on the web
The Encyclopaedia of Arda
An online encyclopaedia with short articles about key topics.

Ellen Brundige, The boy with the bow
An interesting analysis of Legolas’ archery in The Fellowship of the Ring film.

Michael Martinez, Legolas you’re just so darn cute
One of Martinez’s articles about LOTR. It’s always worth typing ‘Michael Martinez’ into the Suite101 search engine & seeing what comes up. (Lots!)

Elvish and names
Tolkien created several Elvish languages. The one used in the film is called ‘Sindarin’. If you want to use the odd Sindarin word or phrase in a story, this is the technique I would suggest:
The Council of Elrond has a page of language resources, including an English-Sindarin phrase book. Wherever possible, use one of these phrases!

For place names, plant names, animal names, and so on, Ardalambion provides a Select Sindarin Vocabulary, which includes geographical terms, colours, plants, animals… If you want to invent a word by combining two, (very much frowned upon by some scholars of the languages), The Council of Elrond offers a Sindarin course in pdf format, which, amongst other things, explains the principles of forming plurals and of lenition (the way, under certain circumstances, a consonant at the beginning of a word mutates into another consonant). You can also download a free interactive Sindarin-English dictionary called DragonFlame.

For character names, I would suggest using The Encyclopaedia of Arda to find a genuine Tolkien name of the correct race. However, since elven names should be unique, you may prefer to use the elven name generator at The Council of Elrond.


1 This seems like a good starting point for an L/E story, but my own Eowyn/Legolas Challenge story, Reaffirming their love (what a crap title!) is the only one I know of.

2 This is another good starting point for an L/E story. I used it in I have fought Orcs before, where Legolas and Gimli help Eowyn prepare to defend the women and children in the Glittering Caves. I tried to contrast the grim reality of the task that faces Eowyn with the showy heroics of the men.

3 I used this in The cage—after Aragorn and Eowyn’s swordplay in the Golden Hall, Legolas talks to Eowyn about her fear of the cage.

4 See, for example, A Healing Union by Larien, My Love by Terri, at, Use Me Once by ZeeDrippyVessel at

5 See the flashback in my Starlight.

6 So the fan fiction writer is free to create whatever family circumstances are required. ‘My’ Legolas’ mother, for example, died in childbirth, and Legolas is his father’s only child. I have two short stories that show Thranduil with his toddler son, The Little Prince and The King.

7 What a great idea for a Legolas story! The article is called Legolas you’re just so darn cute.

8 See the beginning of my A pleasant time in Rivendell.

9 See Heaven dissolved so by Victoria P.

10 The setting for my own stories.

11 I explore this idea in I have fought Orcs before.

Incidentally, when Book Eowyn is given political power, it is also as a last resort-Theoden does not, in fact, consider making her his regent until Hama suggests it; she is chosen so that a fighting man need not be left behind; and it is possible that, if Theoden and Eomer both fall in battle, the people will choose a new lord (perhaps as a husband for Eowyn):

'Behold! I go forth, and it seems like to be my last riding,' said Theoden. 'I have no child. Theodred my son is slain. I name Eomer my sister-son to be my heir. If neither of us return, then choose a new lord as you will. But to some one I must now entrust my people that I leave behind, to rule them in my place. Which of you will stay?' …

'… There is Eowyn, [said Hama] … She is fearless and high-hearted. All love her. Let her be as lord to the Eorlingas, while we are gone.'

'It shall be so,' said Theoden. 'Let the heralds announce to the folk that the Lady Eowyn will lead them!'

Then the king sat upon a seat before his doors, and Eowyn knelt before him and received from him a sword and a fair corslet.
The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter 6, 'The King of the Golden Hall'.

(Note the irony of the symbolic sword and corslet).

12 I have found four examples. Tolkien does not capitalise the word 'shieldmaiden'.

13 See Namárië by Alida-Fruit, Cold Comfort by Lady Aranel, and Longings (and, if you can find it, its epilogue, A Night Between Two Days), by MelanayeBaggins.

14 See The Price of Freedom by Erin Lasgalen.

15 In the story proper Eowyn recognises the body, "I know him," she says, "I know his wife and children." In an extra scene, The most handsome man she had ever seen, we learn that she had had a childhood crush on him.

16 And I think this story has the best ending I've ever written ;-)

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