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[extended version, the Houses of Healing
: The city has fallen silent. There is no warmth left in the sun. Faramir
: [approaching her
] It is only the damp of the first spring rain.
[Eowyn looks up at him
: I do not believe this darkness will endure.
: Courage, Merry, courage for our friends.
: I have left instruction. The people are to follow your rule in my stead. Take up my seat in the Golden Hall. Long may you defend Edoras if the battle goes ill. Eowyn
: What other duty would you have me do? Theoden
: Duty? No... I would have you smile again, not grieve for those whose time has come. You shall live to see these days renewed. No more despair.
: I will kill you if you touch him! Witch King
: Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey.
: I know your face... Eowyn. My eyes darken. Eowyn
: No. No. I'm going to save you. Theoden
: You already did... Eowyn. My body is broken. You have to let me go. I go to my fathers, in whose mighty company I shall not now feel ashamed. Eowyn...
: [taking Eowyn by the throat
] You fool. No man can kill me. Die now.
[Merry stabs the Witch King from behind; the Witch King shrieks and falls to his knees. Eowyn rises and pulls off her helm, her hair falls down over her shoulder
: I am no man.
[she thrusts her sword into the Witch King's helm and twists; he shrieks and implodes
: Eomer. Take your Èored down the left flank. Gamling, follow the King's banner down the center. Grimbold, take your company right, after you pass the wall. Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises! Eowyn
: [to Merry
] Whatever happens, stay with me. I'll look after you.
[the King rides past his men, hitting their spears with his sword as he goes
: Ride now!... Ride now!... Ride! Ride to ruin and the world's ending!
[He stops and faces Sauron's army
: Death! Rohirrim
] Death! Theoden
: Death! Rohirrim
] Death! Theoden
: DEATH! Eowyn
: Death! Theoden
: Forth, Eorlingas!
: You should not encourage him. Eowyn
: You should not doubt him. Eomer
: I do not doubt his heart, only the reach of his arm.
: Why are you doing this? The war lies to the East. You cannot leave on the eve of battle.
: You cannot abandon the men. Aragorn
: Eowyn... Eowyn
: We need you here. Aragorn
: Why have you come? Eowyn
: Do you not know? Aragorn
: It is but a shadow and a thought that you love. I cannot give you what you seek.
: Ride with me. Merry
] My lady!
: He has just as much reason to go to war as you do. Why can he not fight for those he loves?
[Eowyn hands Aragorn a goblet, he drinks and moves away
: [to Eowyn
] I am happy for you. He is an honorable man. Eowyn
: You are both honorable men. Theoden
: It was not Theoden of Rohan who led our people to victory.
: My lady... Eowyn
: Lord Aragorn... where is he? Gimli
: He fell.
: You have some skill with a blade. Eowyn
: The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain. Aragorn
: What do you fear, my lady? Eowyn
: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire. Aragorn
: You are a daughter of kings, a shield maiden of Rohan. I do not think that will be your fate.
: Leave me alone, snake! Wormtongue
: Oh, but you are alone. Who knows what you have spoken to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all your life seems to shrink, the walls of your bower closing in about you, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in? So fair, yet so cold like a morning of pale Spring still clinging to Winter's chill. Eowyn
: Your words are poison!
: My Lord! Aragorn! I am to be sent with the women into the caves. Aragorn
: That is an honorable charge. Eowyn
: To mind the children, to find food and bedding when the men return. What renown is there in that? Aragorn
: My Lady, there may come a time for valor without renown. Who then will your people look to in the last defense? Eowyn
: Let me stand at your side. Aragorn
: It is not in my power to command it.
[pause; Aragorn turns to walk away from her
: You do not command the others to stay! They fight beside you because they would not be parted from you! Because they love you.
[Aragorn stops, and she realizes she has said too much
: I am sorry.
The Witch King of Angmar
: Pathetic warrior! Eowyn of Rohan
: I will kill you if you touch him! The Witch King of Angmar
: Kill me! Thou fool! No living man can slay me! Eowyn of Rohan
: I am no man! You look upon a woman!
: Begone foul dwimmerlaik! Leave the dead in peace. The Witch King
: Come not between the Nazgul and his prey, or he will slay thee in turn. Eowyn
: Do what you will, I will hinder it if I may. The Witch King
: Hinder me? Thou fool! Dost though not know the prophecy? No living man may hinder me. Eowyn
: But no living man am I! You look upon a woman, Eowyn am I. You stand between me and my Lord and kin. Begone, or living or dark undead, I will smite you if you touch him!