Eowyn was too late to save King Theoden, but he stayed alive long enough to know that she was the one to slay the Witch King. This huge role that Eowyn plays is immensely important in the storyline and in proving a point about a woman’s capabilities. JRR Tolkien was very ahead of his time when he wrote this story in the way that he encouraged gender equality.
Books that were written before the 1960’s had strong female characters, with few exceptions such as stories written by Jane Austen. Lucie in Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” comes across as weak and looks as if she will faint most of the time. This and countless other books written in the 19th and early 20th century are what makes “The Lord of the Rings” an even more significant and amazing story.