Fair But Terrible – Fell & Fair Photoshoot

Article by Zan Campbell

“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 I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.’” ~ Tolkien

All that is fair and good staring down that which is most evil and dark. Amidst the chaos of battle and the wreck of armies, these two meet, it could have been no other way. 

This shoot has been a long time in coming. But how do you capture one of the most iconic scenes in the Lord of the Rings (both books and movies)? Well, the same way you eat an oliphaunt, one bite at a time… with taters. 

It is especially hard to balance design, both for the Witch King and the Rohirric characters, when  we have all been so influenced by the movies, while still keeping true to the books and Tolkien’s own vision. We somewhat split it down the middle here, taking from both. Hopefully the spirit of the moment was captured in a small way.


The Fell & Fair Team

“Still she did not blench: maiden of the Rohirrim, child of kings, slender but as a steel- blade, fair but terrible.”

“Have even the women of the Rohirrim come to war in our need?”

Éowyn, White Lady of Rohan, garbed as Dernhelm 

Éomer, Third Marshal of the Riddermark