Sorry I'm late...well, not with this post, but with--never mind, I'm here now and I'll get things straightened out sooner or later. Anyway, this month's featured character! Drum roll, please!
Éowyn of Rohan
Every character that moves through this story has seen some kind of tragedy, but I think people see Éowyn's plight in the same light as, say, Frodo's. But while he chose to shoulder a burden he never should have had to, she struggled to hold her head up beneath a load that promised a slow, meaningless death. What does Éowyn fear? "A cage. To stay behind bars, until use and old age
accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall
“Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!"
cold voice answered: 'Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he
will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of
lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and
thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye."
A sword rang as it was drawn. "Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may."
"Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!"
Merry heard the strangest 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!”
Dernhelm? How about... Éowyn herself, disguised as a man and riding into battle? She not only faced down the Witch-king of Angmar, leader of the Nazgûl, but yea verily, she slew him epically and left his remains on the Pellenor Fields. Go, girl!
She's the first one I think of when I think "strong heroine/character/woman," and for good reason, no?