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By:Isabeau
 November, 12 2005

OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.


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 [11] Hope your muse moves to more sensible hours soon, it can't be much fun having to write in the early hours.

Thanks for all the answers

Nargil
Posted:Dec 10, 2005 09:37 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [12] dpetrash had some questions for me the other day, and said I could answer them here if I liked and if I thought people were interested. A couple of them looked like good conversation starters so here goes:

1) Was Adrahil's overprotectiveness of Imrahil strictly due to his own near-death of illness? Or were there other issues? (Kin-Strife)

That was the main reason. Finduilas had an older baby sister who died, and Imrahil was the only son. And it might be that Adrahil was really worried about the dynasty-other than his bastard brother, I can't seem to come up with any other brothers or sisters for him, so he might have been an only child himself, reacting as his father had reacted with him.

He did try to get over it for a while there, allowing Imrahil his career as a sea-captain. But when Imri went up against that Corsair ship that was twice his size, Adrahil jerked the leash up short again in Ultimatums.


2) How/when does Olwen die and what is her history? I know that Imrahil's stubborn streak comes from her, but that's all.

Olwen dies when she's out hunting and falls from a horse. She breaks her neck and dies instantly. You are right in that it takes place sometime between Kin-Strife and Ultimatums, probably a little closer to Kin-Strife.

As for her history, Soledad says she's a descendant of the original folk who lived in Belfalas before the Numenoreans came, but in my universe she's a proper well-bred lass. More than that I don't know yet.


3) Why is Imrahil plagued with such insecurities? I mean, the guy has it all. Is it just the weight of future responsibilities? (Kin-Strife and Ultimatums).

Well, the rich, famous and beautiful people are always moaning about how tough they have it...In truth, they probably do have problems that seem as insurmountable to them, they're just different than the ones most of the rest of us live with.

Imri is spoilt. Part of his fear is indeed that he won't be able to live up to his future responsibilities, the other part is that he will, and will never have any time to have fun again. Truthfully, the weight of expectations upon him is very heavy.


4) What is the third blade's story? (Kin-Strife, Chapter 3)

Oho! A good question that I don't have an answer to yet, since Lord Gildor hasn't condescended to tell me either. I will say I've thought about using it in another story. I'm thinking Erchirion might end up with it.

5) Will Hethlin return Boromir's knife to Brand or Faramir at some point? (Visions)

Yes. She will give the knife to Brand on his fourteenth birthday.

6) How tall is everyone? (Imrahil, Heth and Faramir especially).

I'm thinking that somewhere it was stated that Aragorn was about 6'6". We might have had this conversation on the list a long time ago. I figure Imrahil is probably 6'4" or 6'5". Boromir was the same height but heavier built. Faramir 6'3" or 4", and more lightly built than Imrahil. Brand will end up almost exactly like Imrahil. In CMC, I stated that Andrahar was an inch shorter than Heth. Heth's 6', so Andra's 5'11, which is a good size unless you're surrounded by towering Numenoreans.

7) At what point in her life is Heth looking back and telling her stories?

When she's about 140, during the time frame of Fourth Age, which I apparently need to post somewhere. I thought about framing CMC by having Heth tell the stuff to her great-grandson.

Isabeau



Posted:Dec 21, 2005 20:00 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [13] 12/21/05
Thanks for answering the questions, Isabeau!
4) Any new development of Erchirion would be well-loved in this corner. (Like, what is the discord/dissention between him and Imrahil in Altariel's "The Lost"? She would only tell me that it's coming up in one of your future stories.) The current Bad Boy of Dol Amroth is shaping into one of my favorites. Though I don't want to think on what that says about me. Of course, if pressured, I'd have to say that most of your characters are favorites of mine....
6) So Nimrien is 5-7ish? Amrothos a little taller?
7) Yes pleasepleaseplease post!

dpetrash
Posted:Dec 22, 2005 00:00 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [14] Forgot another one. Sorry I'm too impatient to wait nicely for these things to be revealed in their own time, but this comes of rereading your stories for the twentieth time, I think....
5) Will Faramir ever learn about Boromir's gift of the knife to Hethlin, and B's request/feeling that she should stay close to him?

dpetrash
Posted:Dec 22, 2005 00:04 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [15] 6) 5'11 is a pain in the neck if you wnat to get clothes that fit, well if you're a girl in the 20th centuary like me. i suspect Andra would have the opposite problem with everything being to long, then again it is all made to meassure.

One other question, will we ever see Andra and Boromir together again between Discretion and Discovery apart from Trust, I can't help wondering about the next time they met after Andra's note.

Liking the latest Silver Swan chappie BTW

Nargil
Posted:Dec 23, 2005 17:46 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [16] dpetrash wrote:

Thanks for answering the questions, Isabeau!

You're welcome. Sorry to be so late getting back to this. I think the journals are supposed to be telling you when you have a new comment, but I must have a setting wrong or something, because mine's not. And I don't think to check it every day.

4) Any new development of Erchirion would be well-loved in this corner. (Like, what is the discord/dissention between him and Imrahil in Altariel's "The Lost"? She would only tell me that it's coming up in one of your future stories.)

It will become an issue in Silver Swan. Woman trouble. And I'm working on a fairly long Erchirion story.

The current Bad Boy of Dol Amroth is shaping into one of my favorites. Though I don't want to think on what that says about me.

Which one? ;-)

6) So Nimrien is 5-7ish? Amrothos a little taller?

Yes. That sounds about right. Amrothos is short, like his mother. Definitely not soldier material, though before everything is done, he'll make his share of trouble.

7) Yes pleasepleaseplease post!

I'll try to do so over the holidays. I always liked that story-I look forward to becoming an irascible old woman, and enjoyed writing Heth as one.

dpetrash also wrote: Forgot another one. Sorry I'm too impatient to wait nicely for these things to be revealed in their own time, but this comes of rereading your stories for the twentieth time, I think....
5) Will Faramir ever learn about Boromir's gift of the knife to Hethlin, and B's request/feeling that she should stay close to him?

Yes, he'll learn about the knife eventually, but I'm not sure about Boromir's request.

Nargil wrote:

6) 5'11 is a pain in the neck if you wnat to get clothes that fit, well if you're a girl in the 20th centuary like me. i suspect Andra would have the opposite problem with everything being to long, then again it is all made to meassure.

I'm almost 5'10 myself, so I can sympathize. Like men's shirts better because I'm long in the waist and arms and they just fit better. And regular jeans are too short and tall almost too long.

Nargil again: One other question, will we ever see Andra and Boromir together again between Discretion and Discovery apart from Trust, I can't help wondering about the next time they met after Andra's note.

I might do an encounter or two between them eventually. Been thinking about an occasion where they might have actually seen battle together. But I don't know when you'll see these stories.

Nargil: Liking the latest Silver Swan chappie BTW

Thanks! Now if I can just keep the momentum going...

Isabeau


Isabeau
Posted:Dec 24, 2005 13:19 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [17] Another one:

Do we ever find out what Boromir said in his last letter to Andra?

Sorry to be a pest, you give me a means to ask a question, then you answer it, then you get hit by an avalanche, I am trying to show restraint,

Have a Happy Christmas and keep writing

Nargil
Posted:Dec 24, 2005 15:38 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [18] Isabeau - No need to appologize about length of time to answer posts. If you are on the computer, I'm sure every one of us wants you to give priority to your Muse! Especially as your answers are making me even MORE intrigued about your next update or new story. (See #'s 4 & 6.) :)
Will you answer questions here that are brought up in your reviews? Or should we not put them in the reviews but save them for here?
Finally, do you have any sway with Hope Hoover/E.W.? I would love to see her do a portrait of your Andrahar, as I enjoy her renditions of Imrahil and Heth tremendously.

dpetrash
Posted:Dec 24, 2005 19:09 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [19] Very good idea I would also like to see that.

Nargil
Posted:Dec 25, 2005 06:07 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [20] December 28, 2005

Hi Isabeau,

As I mentioned in my TFF review, I loved the third chapter of Silver Swan. I must say that I have a healthy admiration for anyone who has the time and discipline to write purely for pleasure, and is generous enough to share it with others. When the writing is as good as yours is, my admiration trebles (at least)!

So about chapter 3: it is interesting that Elrohir apparently had no qualms (until he was caught) about poking around in other people's heads. I went back to CMC, to the chapter (I think it was 50) where he tells Hethlin that he had, "been endeavoring not to be so high-handed where you are concerned." We see now that he didn't extend that courtesy to Imrahil, and we see that this could land him in hot water with Elrond, Celeborn and Galadriel were it discovered. He obviously knew how wrong it was for him to trespass like that, and while mischievous and even willful, Elrohir also seems to be pretty honorable (thinking back to how hurt he was to have been forced to give his word twice about going West), so he must have reasons going beyond mere curiosity for doing what he did.

I'll assume that Elladan, if he knew about what Elrohir was doing, expressed his disapproval privately so that Hethlin wouldn't be in a position to report it in her narrative.

Anyway, I suppose my question really is something that will be answered in future chapters, but I feel compelled to ask it now: how is Elrohir going to make amends with Imrahil? After he learned of I.'s proposal to H., he spoke respectfully of I. more than once while discussing things with Hethlin. Which makes this offense all the more curious. I know in Dol Amroth Yule, Elrohir is welcomed into the castle, and carries a letter from Imrahil, so the rift must have been mended. It will be very interesting to see how.

Another, related question: what difference does it make to Elrohir that Imrahil is a mortal who has been taught to shield rather than one with natural abilities? He seemed so taken aback by that bit of info that it must be very unusual, or perhaps makes some kind of difference as to the gravity of his offense?

You make me very curious about what goes on in the head of that elf! It would be great to have an out-take chapter like the conversation you did between Imrahil and Faramir, or something like that, featuring Elrohir.

OK, finally: poor Imrahil. I won't try to circulate a petition, but surely the poor man has gone without love for far too long. If he does end up with Hethlin in the end, he's still facing a few years by himself while she earns her white belt. Adn he's not getting any younger! I shouldn't presume to speak on behalf of the Prince of Dol Amroth, but please, let him get some soon!

As ever, thank you very much!

A very faithful & grateful reader,
Rebecca

Rebecca
Posted:Dec 28, 2005 14:27 GMT  Reply to this Comment
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