underwent a profound transformation during her stay in the Houses of Healing.
And it was friendliness and understanding of Faramir which was largely responsable
for that effect, not her falling in love with him. The first signs of her becoming a different
person can be seen already duringt her very first conversation with Faramir,
when she was still deeply in love in Aragorn.
as he looked at her it seemed
to him that something in her softened, as though a bitter frost were yielding at the
first faint presage of Spring. A tear sprang in her eye and fell down her cheek,
like a glistening rain-drop. Her proud head dropped a little. Then quietly, more
as if speaking to herself than to him: "But the healers would have me lie abed seven
days yet" she said "And my window does not look eastward". Her voice was now
that of a maiden young and sad"
Yes this is the same person that killed the Witch King!
I think that Tolkien stressed that her Amazon personality of a shield-maiden was
to a large extent a tactic of copying with hostile world. She had a really hard time
in Rohan: she had to endure daily dealings with Wormtongue, while Theoden was
totally under his spell and Eomer often absent.
In the "diagnosis" of her problems Faramir tells her that she wanted to win
and she does not protest.to be lifted far above the mean
things that crawl on the earth
Now when confronted with more friendly enviroment she may drop her defences
and afford to express her womanly side.
Yes I am afraid women are like that - even the strongest of them like to feel from time
to time like young girls... and some of them may turn to be so motherly that they
do not let their poor men breathe!
Of course this is also an old theme of an androgynic Amazon-warrior virgin undergoing
a transformation and becoming ready for the role of wife and mother, largely uncompatible
with the role of a warrior.
In her post Swamphaye pointed out that Celt mothers continued to be warriors and
kept to teach their children swordplay... but it is one thing, play war games with
children, and another thing, go and fight the Witch Kings when you are pregnant
and/or have a babe in arms..
Did you read the old book of Robert Graves on Jason sailing in "Argo" to win the Golden
Fleece (I seem to remember that it is entitled "Sailing with Hercules" or something like
that...). There is a similar character in that book, Atalanta, a virgin hunterand warrior.
She is deeply in love in Meleager (and he in her!) but during the quest of Argo they
do not engage in physical love and behave like brothers-in-arms. But then when finally
Atalanta decides to become the real wife of Meleager, she changes completely her
personality. She becomes plump (not to say fat!) and turns to be very fond of sewing!...