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Pronounced eh-o-wen.
-- eowyn  5/2/2005
That's pretty close, but I heard "AY-oh-win". I could be wrong, though.
-- gaelruadh19  5/5/2005
My name is Eowyn, I pronounce it AY-o-Win.
-- endoras  5/5/2005
Tolkien actually denoted how the name should be pronounced. EO like in the name Theobald, Y like U in French or Ü in German, thus: EE-eh-wuyn.
-- Elfstone  6/6/2005
Beautiful, original, and I think it sounds best pronounced 'Eh-oh-win'.
-- goneaway  5/16/2005
My parents told me that when they were naming me, they researched to see if Éowyn was pronounced AY-oh-wihn, or EE-oh-wihn. They decided it was the former, but that doesn't mean they were right. I was always under the impression that Tolkien wanted for "e" to be pronounced "ay" but I could be mistaken. I know my name for one is pronounced "AY-oh-win"!
-- Eowyn_horselover  7/23/2005
I think this is a lovely name. It can be pronounced I-oh-win or Ah-oh-win but I've always thought of it as Ay-oh-win.
-- Arowen Half-Elven  10/18/2005
My name is Éowyn, and I say it A-O-Win. I think the accent on the E makes it sound like a long A, as opposed to a long E sound. Boy does that annoy people. lol! They try to write it and end up scribbling it out six times.
-- EowynOfRohan03  11/14/2005
Miranda Otto plays the character Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
-- Arowen Half-Elven  12/6/2005
In "The Lord of the Rings", the "outer" or Mannish names of the Dwarves have been given Northern forms, but the letter values are those Tolien described. So also in the case of the personal and place-names of Rohan (where they have not been modernized) except that here EA and EO are diphthongs, which may be represented in the English BEAR, and the EO of THEOBALD; Y is the modified U. The modernized forms are easily recognized and are intended to be pronounecd as in English. They are mostly place-names: as Dunharrow (for DUNHARG), except Shadowfax and Wormtongue. -- "The Return of the King", Appendix E, Stress.
-- Arowen Half-Elven  12/23/2005
It is pronounced A-O-WIN.
-- lotrgirl  3/1/2006
It actually means 'Horse Joy'.
-- lotrgirl  3/1/2006
This is a beautiful name! And Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings is a wonderful character. Because of the characer, this name reminds me of a strong, independent, yet delicate and beautiful woman.
-- beautyofwords9  3/3/2006
I am sorry to say that I hate the name Eowyn because I hate the character Eowyn. I absolutely hate her. If I could kill her I would. I hate Eowyn.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2006
What is WRONG with you? Eowyn was an awesome character, strong and stern. She could "ride and wield blade" and while Eomer had "horses and deeds of arms and the free fields; but she, born in the body of a maid, had a spirit and courage at least the match of his. Yet she was doomed to wait upon an old man, whom she loved as a father, and watch him fall into mean dishonored dotage; and her part seemed to her more ignoble than that of the staff he leaned on."--Gandalf, Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. Eowyn was so cool, and I think Miranda Otto did an great job portraying the character. I mean, Eowyn wasn't my favorite character, but I still love her to death. Again, I repeat: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
-- Arowen Half-Elven  4/16/2006
How can you hate Eowyn? She definitely isn't my favorite character (I must agree she is too much of a idiotic feminist at times) but I think she's great! As for the name, it's ok but wouldn't name my daughter this (no way).
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2006
Eowyn was depressed and suicidal for a while there, but she's had a hard life. Her father was cut down by orcs when she was just a girl and her mother succumbed to grief and Eowyn was left alone, to tend her king in growing fear. While Eomer had horses and deeds of arms and the free fields, she could do nothing but watch and wait. Besides, if you READ THE BOOK you'd know that Eowyn changes dramatically at the end. She falls in love with Faramir and they get engaged and they get Aragorn's blessing; she becomes a healer, and no longer takes joy only in the songs of slaying, and becomes the Lady of Ithilien. Also, if you READ THE BOOK, it is explained, by Faramir, why Eowyn was always "flirting with Aragorn" as you put it. Eowyn "desired to have the love of the Lord Aragorn. Because he is high and puissant, and [she] wished to have renown and glory and to be lifted far above the mean things that crawl on the earth. And as a great captain may to a young soldier he seemed to [Eowyn] admirable. For so he is, a lord among men, the greatest that now is. But when he gave [her] only understanding and pity, then [she] desired to have nothing, unless a brave death in battle."--Faramir, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".
-- Arowen Half-Elven  6/29/2006
The name is very pretty, and the character is intriguing. She's angsty and passionate and doesn't think things through, but given her circumstances and the sadness of her life, can you blame her? Read the books, and you'll understand her better. The character is realistic, and I can relate to how she felt.

Doesn't everyone fear that feeling? Being trapped, forced to act a certain way and do your "duty", and then waking up one day and realizing you lived your whole life the way you were "supposed" to, but not doing what made you happy?

Eowyn is childish and impulsive (at least in the beginning), but everyone goes through that. And like all true adults, she matures.
-- wishenough  11/5/2006
I love Eowyn - the name and the character.
-- ringer007  4/17/2006
Eowyn has a beautiful medieval sound but I don't like it's meaning that much, lol.
-- Anonymous User  6/2/2006
I love it when Theoden (in the movies) pronounces it "ay-o-whin." It sounds so sweet.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2006
Eowyn delt the witch-king his final blow, but it was Meriadoc (Merry) who struck him first.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2006
It literally means 'horse joy' not 'horse lover'.
-- Beornhild  10/11/2006
Name is pretty, but I just HATE that character - she's so horrible. Sorry, but she is. Poor Faramir.
-- Yippal  10/21/2006
I like this name, but don't like the book that it came from and would never, -ever- name a child this, because it would look like she was the daughter of stupid, argumentative, trival, pathetic LoTR geeks like the ones who posted about. I mean, seriously, get a life. What are they, five?

In short, I'd name a kid this if there was any way that it could -possibly- look like it wasn't taken from the book.
-- Anonymous User  12/14/2006
I like this name, because I love The Lord of the Rings. I think she is a beautiful woman making a good point. "I am no man!" I think it's a great name.
-- Lumiereslove  12/19/2006
I love the name Eowyn. It's so tranquil, so beautiful. The fact that it is from Lord of the Rings just makes it all the more beautiful to me. The name Winter Eowyn is one of my favorites, and I intend to name my daughter this when I have one. Eowyn (I pronounce it AY-oh-whin) is one of the most beautiful names out there and I would LOVE to see some more little Eowyns running around,
-- Anonymous User  12/30/2006
Éowyn must mean "white horse". "Eo" is Anglo-Saxon for horse, and "wyn" is Anglo-Saxon for white.
-- Arwen Undomiel  12/30/2006
I love the name Eowyn. It's so pretty and feminine.
-- Emmasj  1/5/2007
I personally love the name Eowyn. I also think she's great in Lord of the Rings, and yes, I am a nut. Eowyn is one of my favorite characters in the book, but as I haven't seen the movies I can't say anything about Miranda Otto's performance.
-- aghosta21  1/11/2007
To Arwen Undomiel, "Eowyn" does not mean "White horse". I think that you're confusing the Welsh "gwyn", which means white, with "wyn", which is derived from "wine", an Old English word for friend. I'm unsure about the "eo" root, but I'd say that it's part of Tolkien's created languages.

As for the people who don't like Eowyn, I won't say that she's my favorite, but I don't dislike her. She's a woman being raised in a patriarchal society where women are expected to be domestic; that's part of the reason why she's insisted that she fight (he complaints of not being allowed to do so don't bother me). I know little of her early life, but I would guess that life has been cruel to her and to her brother, and especially when the War of the Ring kicks up and Orcs start overrunning their homeland; she's a woman determined to stand for her people and the way of her people has a strong patriarchal tone. I admire her determination and courage. And the fact that she plays a more active role than Arwen, I like it. And flirting with Aragorn, Tolkien intended at first for him to marry Eowyn, but Tolkien, of course, changed the pairing. Besides, I think that she truly does like him and looks up to him.

But, you can't please everybody.
-- gaelruadh19  1/18/2007
This name is correctly pronounced AY-oh-win.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  6/20/2007
Eowyn is from Old English, alright, but it means "horse joy." The Old English element Eoh means "horse," and it's used in the names of several members of Rohan's ruling families and nobility (ie Theodred, Theoden, Eomer, Eomund, Eowyn, Eothain, etc).
-- Atarah Derek  9/10/2007
Atarah Derek is correct in the first part, but Théoden and Théodred do not incorporate "éoh", which means "warhorse". They include "Théod", which means "people", both in Old English.

Old English pronunciation: EI-o-wün.
-- Olof_V  11/17/2007
I love the name Eowyn and the character because she reminds me so much of myself. And, yes, I am a stupid LotR geek and proud of it! I might name my daughter this, but I'm not sure. Still, I LOVE this name.
-- melinda1  9/12/2007
I love the name and will be giving it to my daughter. I pronounce it AY-oh-win.
-- fancofu  10/8/2007
Our daughter's name is Eowyn, chosen because of the strength of the character in Tolkien's fantasy work. The name is distinctive and allows her to stand out in people's memory more easily.
-- marauder34  7/25/2008
Even though it's an invented name, I think that it is beautiful.
-- bananarama  8/2/2008
Eowyn is and always has been my favorite character from LoTR. If I ever have a daughter, she will be Eowyn; it is a beautiful name.
-- Feorsteorra  1/8/2009
Personally, I wouldn't want to be named after a character in a book/film until people had long forgotten where the name came from.
-- Anonymous User  2/21/2009
We're expecting our first baby and if it's a girl we're going to name her Eowyn. This is my husband's favourite character in LOTR. I've never seen the movie or read the book but I love the name.
-- jazzbaby  2/24/2009
I *love* this name. So beautiful and simple and strong, and such an amazing character. My only fear for naming someone this would be that they might be ridiculed by some adults. I hope I'm wrong, though.
-- Hannah_E  5/10/2010
Looks and sounds blatantly Welsh to me. I like it, though.
-- Chrila96  10/24/2010
There's nothing 'Welsh' about the name, blatantly or otherwise. It was created from Old English (Anglo-Saxon) elements by Tolkien, who was a professor of Anglo-Saxon.

Female names ending in '-Wyn' (meaning 'joy') were common amongst the early English. For example - Leofwyn ('dear joy'), Aelfwyn ('elf joy'), Hrodwyn ('bright joy').
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2011
There was also Theodwyn, who was Eowyn's mother.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2012
A famous bearer of the name Eowyn is Eowyn from Lord of the Rings, who slayed the Nazgul King.
-- doomburger  3/3/2012
Personally, I've always thought that Eowyn meant 'horse lover,' or 'friend of horses.'
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2012
I'm not a Lord of the Rings fan (haven't got around to reading the books yet) but I love this name. It's beautiful and honestly looks like a real Anglo-Saxon or Welsh name, instead of an invented name.
-- sunshinechild67  12/26/2012
This name reminds me of the Welsh name Eilwen.
-- Anakin Skywalker77  1/16/2013
A beautiful name, and I like how J. R. R. Tolkien didn't make it up, leaving me free to use it in my own novels! I love the sound of it.
-- Strangak  5/22/2013
Eowyn Ivey is the author of a book called The Snow Child.
-- thesnowwhiterose  5/31/2013
The name Eowyn was actually given to 76 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
What a beautiful name! I love Lord of the Rings, books and movies, but when I first saw the movie I didn't like Eowyn very much. But then I saw the extended edition, where they include a few scenes of her gentler and fearful side and we see why she is so tough and feministic. Worth looking at.
-- Skygray15  9/20/2013
Elowen is much, much better (:
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2014

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