by Erika Steiskal

Eowyn has had a special place in my literary pantheon since I first read the Lord of the Rings when I was thirteen.  I created numerous drawings of her, some of which are most likely still buried in my old high school portfolios.  She represented so many things I hoped (and still strive) to be: brave, committed, loyal.  

I chose to depict her before her victory over the Lord of the Nazgul because this is the time I relate to Eowyn the most.  She’s unsure of the future and longs to fulfill her potential.  There’s a hunger and determination to her that speaks to me and mirrors the passion necessary to grow both personally and artistically.