Originally Posted by otherstar
I hope your being sarcastic here. Did you NOT see who killed the Witch-King of Angmar during the Battle of Pelennor Fields? Um, Eowyn...Shieldmaiden of Rohan. The movie-adaptation did not use the books dialogue, but the spirit of the scene is the same: no MAN can kill the Witch King, but a WOMAN did (with help from a Hobbit).
You're absolutely right -- Eowyn gets one shining moment in the book, and in the movie.
But aside from that, there's very little that women do in the book that is particularly active. Galadriel's contributions are absolutely invaluable, but they're indirect and/or off-screen. He wanted a stronger female character. He ditched Glorfindel to give Arwen more screen time. Hardly worth going bananas over.