The Two Towers

Scenes from The Two Towers. Legolas is the first to notice Eowyn, and in some shots stands beside her whilst Gandalf drives Saruman from Theoden King. Later he stands beside her when Theoden deals with Grima Wormtongue.

Legolas' first glimpse of Eowyn

Side-by-side in the Golden Hall

Side-by-side in the Golden Hall

Outside the Golden Hall


As preparations are being made for battle at Helm's Deep, Eowyn confronts Aragorn and makes it clear that she is in love with him. Aragorn does not reject her outright, but refuses to allow her to fight. When Eowyn runs away, Legolas catches her and steadies her.

"Not now, Eowyn!"

She makes a declaration; he rejects her.

She flees.

Legolas and Gimli take care of her.


In The Return of the King, Legolas is standing guard outside Eowyn's tent whilst she arms Merry and sends him to the smithy to have his sword sharpened.

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."


"You should not encourage him."

"War is the province of men, Eowyn."


In the book, Legolas overhears a different conversation, between Eowyn and Aragorn.

When the light of day was come into the sky but the sun was not yet risen above the high ridges of the East, Aragorn made ready to depart. His 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. In her hand she bore a cup and she set it to her lips and drank a little, wishing them good speed; and then she gave the cup to Aragorn, and he drank, and he 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!'

'Nay, lady,' he said, and taking her by the hand he raised her. Then he kissed her hand, and sprang into the saddle, and rode away, and did not look back; and only those who knew him well and were near to him saw the pain that he bore. Chapter II The Passing of the Grey Company, The Return of the King.

"Aragorn, wilt thou go?"

"I beg thee!"


'The Sun may shine here,' said Gimli, 'but there are memories of that road that I do not wish to recall out of the darkness. Had I known what was before me, I think that not for any friendship would I have taken the Paths of the Dead.'

'The Paths of the Dead?' said Pippin. 'I heard Aragorn say that and I wondered what he could mean. Won't you tell us some more?'

'Not willingly,' said Gimli. 'For upon that road I was put to shame: Gimli Glóin's son, who had deemed himself more tough than Men, and hardier under earth than any Elf. But neither did I prove; and I was held to the road only by the will of Aragorn.'

'And by the love of him also,' said Legolas. 'For all those who come to know him 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.' Chapter IX The Last Debate, The Return of the King.



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