Eowyn of the House of Eorl Lord of the Rings (both book and film)
Eowyn is exactly the type of determined, strong, brave, independent and compassionate woman that we like around here. She can fulfil a traditional female role in caring for her uncle, the much reduced King Theoden, however when told to stay at home when the men were going into battle she chafed against the restrictions placed on women. In a culture which valued the way of the sword, Eowyn recognised that one could never be an equal member unless one proved oneself with the sword, and she knew that she truly was an equal member. Eowyn also faces the unwanted attentions of Grima, but again was not willing to bed to a partnership with him because she should. Ok, so she has a big girly crush on Aragorn, but let’s face it, with charisma like that, who amongst us could really have resisted? Eowyn is willing to hide her identity, to march into unknown dangers with her fellow Riders of Rohan, and because of her bravery saves her King and slays the Nazgul. In healing she her compassion helps to heal others and she comes to love Faramir, who has also been injured in both body and soul. Eowyn is the best of the Tolkein women, brave and unwilling to accept conventions and strictures thrust upon her by men and the patriarchal society in which she has been raised.