I'm very fond of Ghan-buri-Ghan and his Wild Men. They're kind of like the Ents -- something rather unique to Tolkien that I've never really run into in other legends and mythologies. Which, granted, I haven't read nearly enough of for even my own liking, but whatever. They're kind of the like earth personified, the same way the Ents are trees personified, and I dig them a lot.
And yeah, this is one of those thrilling chapters where I just cheer and cheer, and clap my hands and bounce up and down as the Rohirrim go charging into battle. And they sing! "And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the City" (p. 820). Such a cool image, these singing warriors slaying orcs with joy. Oh, I love those Rohirrim so much!
"Need brooks no delay, yet late is better than never," said Eomer (p. 817).
"Forth now, and fear no darkness!" (p. 818).
Possible Discussion Questions:
"There seemed to be some understanding between Dernhelm and Elfhelm, the Marshal who commanded the eored in which they were riding" (p. 812). So Elfhelm presumably knows that Dernhelm is actually Eowyn, and he's cool with that? And he and the others in that eored know that Merry wasn't supposed to come along, but they turn a blind eye to his presence. Do they all also know Dernhelm is actually Eowyn? Just how good or bad is her disguise, anyway? I mean, Merry doesn't recognize her, but he's only met her a couple of times. Seems like this Elfhelm guy plays kinda fast and loose with obeying the king's orders about stuff, doesn't it?