Fall of the Witch King . An iconic moment from both book and screen recreated in Lego
. "No living man may hinder me."
"But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."
-JRR Tolkien, The Return of the The King
They say that the true measure of a hero (or in this case heroine) is defined by the things/villians that they overcome. If this is the case, then the character of Eowyn is one of the great female heros of fantasy literature. The Witch King, lord of the Nazgul, was believed to be immortal, protected by a 1000 year old prophesy that claimed the Witch King would not fall by the hand of man. Despite this, Eowyn squared off against the black rider and his terrifying mount, and with the help of Merry the Hobbit, slew the beast and defeated the Witch King.
I loved it when Eowyn comes back with "no living man am I" putting Glorfindel's prophesy in a whole new light (and reminding me of the scene in Homer's Odyssey where Odysseus tells the cyclops his name is "no one")
Now, those of you who follow my LOTR work know that I'm not usually one to dwell on mini-figures, I'm also usually among the last to worry about political correctness; but upon collecting the first wave of official kits I was moved by the lack of _any_ female representation in TLG's LOTR offerings.
I was also a little disappointed with the official offerings for being a little too generic. Sure, if you watch the movie and see Helm's Deep, Mines of Moria or whatever and then look at the sets, they got a lot of the details right, but if you start with the set _without_ knowing that's Shelob or this is Weathertop, they just don't scream Lord of the Rings to me.
I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. I wanted to create a much more iconic scene that also highlighted one of the saga's heroines. This was the result; Eowyn (and Merry) in her showdown with the Lord of the Nazgul and his Fell beast.
The primary build is a fully posable Fell beast. The Nazgul's flying mount has a 16" wingspan, is over 18" long and has nasty taloned feet that can pick up one of the newly redesigned horses with relative ease. It has a mount for it's dark rider and chains for reigns.
The Witch King has a custom helmet that I made from thermo-polymer clay. At current his sword is borrowed from a Knight's Kingdom kit I had lying around, but I plan on replacing it with a big nasty flail once I come up with a design that I'm happy with.
The problem with getting him a flail is getting him a good dangly chain in the right scale. I like the chains I'm using as reigns but it makes ups the ante on selling the flail.
To complete the scene, I pad things out with three additional mini-figures and a horse:
Eowyn - in her disguise as Dernhelm of Rohan.
Merry - in Rohan armor
King Theoden - in full combat armor
Snowmane - Theoden's trusty, but ill-fated, mount
Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul aren't available in official sets (yet) and Merry had to borrow a torso and helmet from my Helm's Deep kit.
OKAY THIS IS THE PART WHERE I BLATANTLY PANDER FOR CUUSOO SUPPORT ;-)
If you think Eowyn and her dark adversary deserve to be immortalized in mini-figure (or if you just like the fell beast model, please support this proposal and don't forget to check out my other LOTR ideas.
As always comments and suggestions are more than welcome.