The battle! Lots of battle! And Eowyn being "faithful beyond fear" (p. 822). She kills the fell beast, she smites the Black Captain -- three cheers for Eowyn! In the movies, it's kind of implied that the only reason she can take the Ringwraith down is because she's a woman. But she obviously has serious sword skills, if she can slice off the fell beast's head with one blow. "A swift stroke she dealt, skilled and deadly" (p. 823). It may be that her gender somehow thwarted the Nazgul's enchantment or whatever, since he said "No living man may hinder me" (p. 823), but her own skill played an equally important part, I'd say.
And three cheers for Merry too! Once "the slow-kindled courage of his race awoke" (p. 823), he jumps right into a fearsome fray and attacks a Ringwraith! Way to go, Merry!
Here's the word "fey" again. It says that "a fey mood" takes Eomer when he sees his sister's body on the field of battle. Tolkien describes it thus: "then his face went deathly white, and a cold fury rose in him, so that all speech failed him for a while" (p. 826). So once again, "fey" seems to me to mean otherworldly and wild. In fact, yeah, "wild" might be the best way to describe what I always thought "fey" meant. Not crazy, but not in control of yourself either, exactly.
And now let's give three cheers for Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth! He's the one that figures out Eowyn's not dead. Good job, Prince Imrahil the fair!
But the white fury of the Northman burned the hotter, and more skilled was their knighthood with long spears and bitter (p. 821).
"A grim morn, and a glad day, and a golden sunset!" (p. 824).
"A great rain came out of the Sea, and it seemed that all things wept for Theoden and Eowyn, quenching the fires in the City with grey tears (p. 827).
"...and the mirth of the Rohirrim was a torrent of laughter and a flashing of swords..." (p. 829).
Possible Discussion Questions:
When Eowyn kills the Black Rider, it says that "a cry went up into the shuddering air, and faded to a shrill wailing, passing with the wind, a voice bodiless and thin that died, and was swallowed up, and was never heard again in that age of this world" (p. 824, emphasis added). Does that mean it was heard again in another, later age of this world?