Friday, 14 January 2022

Éowyn, Dernhelm and Merry

Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. 'But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn am I, Éomund's daughter.'

JRR Tolkien, The Return of the King (1955)

Éowyn masquerades as the Rider Dernhelm, pulling the wool over the eyes of Théoden, Merry and the Witch King. This is a gorgeous 2019 plastic kit. You get a mounted Dernhelm and Merry- and Merry is detachable. He sits solidly without pinning or magnets and is easily removable. The join is not apparent. I enjoyed painting the cloaks, with a more grey tone for Merry's elven one.

sans Merry

avec Merry

You also get a dismounted Dernhelm and Merry.

"Her eyes grey as the sea were hard and fell,
and yet tears were on her cheek."

I also had a metal Éowyn - if I'm already painting two Éowyns, what is one more?

"... the helm of her secrecy had fallen from her,
and her bright hair, 
released from its bonds,
gleamed with pale gold upon her shoulders."

And I dug up an older metal Éowyn and Merry for completeness. I painted these over ten years ago, and was really happy with her face. I prefer my old Merry's underjacket colour.

"... maiden of the Rohirrim, child of kings,
slender but as a steel-blade, fair yet terrible."


  1. Great models mate, very faithful to the movie depiction of my favourite side character.

    1. Thanks, Paul, it is hard to pick favourites…

  2. Lively, especially the mounted one with the optional hobbit

  3. Nice to see them all in one posting, great jobs running through!

    1. I do seem to wind up with multiple sculpts of the same characters…

  4. Ooh, lovely! I didn't know you could take Merry out of the horse, I always assumed it was all just one piece. Fantasctic, amazing job on all of them.

    1. It’s an almost seamless join, very impressive sculpt.

  5. Those are good miniatures and you’ve done them proud with your paintwork, nice!
    BTW you can never have too many Éowyns!