Éowyn and Théoden

A Rohirric Theme for Éowyn


ÉOWYN AND THÉODEN, a theme from Rohan, is one of Éowyn's three themes. This triple time one, representing her relationship with Théoden, keeps the same harmonics as Éowyn, Shieldmaiden of the Rohirrim, but is more developed. DA describes it as having a 'delayed upwards arc' (CR-TTT Liner Notes 18). The cadence makes me think of walking with a step-together-pause walk like you see brides or graduates having. But at least one instance of the Éowyn Shieldmaiden theme seems to have this cadence (the stew scene) so perhaps I'm missing a more important difference.


Some of the places this theme is heard in TTT:

  • As Théoden comes out of his funk and recognizes Éowyn.

  • As Éowyn tells Aragorn she fears a cage. This apparently is related to Théoden in that she wants to fight with her uncle to prove her valor.

  • As the funeral procession makes it's way to Théodred's tomb.

  • As Aragorn tells Éowyn she is the daughter of Kings and he doesn't think she will live life in a cage without honor or valor. Even though she is speaking to Aragorn, what she wishes is to fight alongside her uncle.

  • The closing credits for TTT. This seems to be close to the life in a cage scene but it's abbreviated (containing on the first and last parts) and is definitely a different take.

Some of the places this theme is heard in ROTK:

  • As Théoden notices Éowyn's interaction with Aragorn at Edoras and says, "I am happy for you. He is an honorable man." Éowyn answers, "You are both honorable men." but Théoden counters, "It was not Théoden of Rohan who led our people to victory."

  • A triumphant version on brass is heard when Éowyn stabs the Witch King helmeted head.