Warrior Princess Eowyn of Rohan. My favorite dialogue: Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady? Eowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.
It has come to my attention that reading The Lord of the Rings is just one step below actually taking The Ring to Mordor on the time-commitment scale. But like taking the ring to Mordor, it is definitely worth it.