While The Lord of the Rings doesn’t present too much romance, some romances are central to the story. However, while Arwen and Aragorn may be the main couple people think of, Eowyn and Faramir deserve more attention and love than they often get. Although they are more of the supporting characters, they have one of the best romances of any of the movies, including The Hobbit trilogy.
As Eowyn first falls in love with Aragorn, things turn for the better when she and Faramir reunite. There are plenty of reasons these two make the best couple and why fans can relate to them.
ten It made a lot of sense politically
While there are plenty of reasons these two match up well when it comes to their life experiences and personalities, they also make sense on a political level.
Eowyn is a shield girl of Rohan, and Faramir is also a royalty, and he is made Prince of Ithilien by Aragorn. Having Eowyn and Faramir together makes sense given that Gondor and Rohan are allies, and so it’s a smart marriage in that sense.
9 Their love story involved neither loss nor death
While all love stories will eventually end in loss and death, their story is not one of sadness or the threat of loss. Instead, they reunite after losing a lot, and their love is a beacon of hope and joy to both of them.
Where Arwen had to give up her immortality for Aragorn, and where there is a lot of bitter sweetness, Faramir and Eowyn can live the rest of their natural lives together.
8 They were both motivated by their compassion and courage
Although Faramir and Eowyn are not the main characters in the story, fans see a good part of their journey onscreen. There may be a lot of characters and a lot of intrigue going on, but Eowyn and Faramir’s personalities and core values always come through.
They are both willing to sacrifice a lot to protect the people they love, and they both have compassion and gentleness towards them, as well as strength. In the books, Faramir is even calmer and kinder as he never captures Sam and Frodo at all.
7 Because they got to go through the healing process together
Although their meeting is only really shown briefly in the extended edition of The king’s return, book fans know that Faramir and Eowyn met and fell in love while they were both in the Houses of Healing. They are both recovering from their physical and emotional wounds, and they can be there for each other.
Finding love and trust in each other is actually an important part of the healing process for both. This shows that their relationship is one of hope and positivity after the sadness and hardships they both went through.
6 Eowyn was only in love with the idea of Aragorn
While some fans like the idea of Aragorn and Eowyn together, Eowyn’s love for Aragorn has been somewhat misplaced. By the time she meets Aragorn, Theoden is possessed and Rohan fails. His cousin has just died and his brother, Eomer, is barely there. She is also fearfully pursued and harassed by Grima.
She sees Aragorn as a kind and good man with a lot of leadership skills, but she doesn’t really like him. That’s why Aragorn tells him the same.
5 Their romance taught them both that they were adorable
Eowyn and Faramir are both characters who are underestimated by the people around them and seen as weak. Eowyn is told that she can’t fight because she’s a woman, and Faramir still tries to match Boromir in Denethor’s eyes.
They have a little self-doubt even if they show a lot of strength and bravery. When they fall in love, they can help each other see how awesome they are.
4 Because Eowyn fell in love with Faramir after a heartache
One of the most realistic things about Eowyn and Faramir’s love affair is that it wasn’t meant to be a story where they only knew and loved each other. Eowyn had recently had a heartache after Aragorn rejected her. And, while it might not have been as hard as the other things she’s been through at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, it never feels good to be let down in love.
However, their romance is a good example of how we don’t always end up with who we think we will. Faramir ends up being a much better match for her.
3 They feel more real and less like a fairy tale
There is nothing wrong with romance in a movie or a book filled with tropes, but sometimes those romances can feel far removed from the reality of love.
While Arwen and Aragorn have a very star-studded romance in their tale, the love between Eowyn and Faramir is calmer but just as beautiful and more realistic.
2 Because they had really compatible personalities
Of all the romances in the franchise, including other popular couples like Rosie and Sam, Eowyn and Faramir might be the most compatible. They are very similar in many ways, for example in valuing compassion and loyalty so strongly, but they also have some differences.
Eowyn feels more daring in her choices and actions, while Faramir is a bit more measured. So they really make a good game.
1 It was a better love story for Eowyn
While Aragorn and Eowyn made sense in some ways, they weren’t quite good for each other. Aragorn was already deeply in love with Arwen, so being with Eowyn would have felt like betraying her true love. It probably would have left Eowyn never to feel like she was the first in Aragorn’s heart.
Eowyn, at first, seemed to want Aragorn to save her, and that would have given him a damsel tale. Instead, she finds her own strength and falls in love with someone who can see and be her true equal.
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