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Lossarnach Yule

By:Isabeau
 February, 22 2006

Any comments, suggestions for this story?


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 [1] OK, I'm moving this question from the Monster Thread.

Regarding Hethlin's name: are Northern naming conventions sufficiently different from those used in the South that Hethlin's name wasn't a giveaway about her sex? Or is it an androgynous name?

Rebecca
Posted:Feb 23, 2006 08:25 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [2] Edited and reposted from a previous thread:
Loved loved loved Lossarnach Yule! And as always...

I understood the old religion to be local to Lossarnach. Or is it more widespread throughout southern and western Gondor? This is an even more obscure curiosity, but what are the summer observations of the three faces of the Goddess?

Thanks for putting in Heths age (I assumed 17 was what she was at the beginning of Blackbow). I think Im all straightened out now on the question I asked in an earlier post about her age in different stories. Is there anything significant about not being the youngest Ranger - besides the obvious of having some of the teasing deflected? How did Faramir adjust new recruits coming in to the idea of a woman being among the Rangers? I imagine that there's several months or more before new guys get leave, so there would be time to adjust, but was it just a standing order to never discuss Hethlin with anyone except another Ranger?

And finally, I thought you did a fine job on all the names! Not a one struck me as odd or out-of-place. :)

(I had also asked about how widespread the Standing Silence was, and Altariel pointed out: I think it's a custom throughout Gondor: it's mentioned again in RotK before the feast at the Field of Cormallen.)

Denise
Posted:Feb 23, 2006 15:31 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [3] Rebecca asked: Regarding Hethlin's name: are Northern naming conventions sufficiently different from those used in the South that Hethlin's name wasn't a giveaway about her sex? Or is it an androgynous name?

I don't think Northern naming conventions are different. I just think Heth has one of those androgynous names like Francis, that can go either way. Particularly since I didn't consider the whole sex thing or the use of an alias beforehand...;-)


Posted:Feb 23, 2006 19:36 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [4] Denise wrote: I understood the old religion to be local to Lossarnach. Or is it more widespread throughout southern and western Gondor? This is an even more obscure curiosity, but what are the summer observations of the three faces of the Goddess?

I figure the old religion is pretty much concentrated in Lossarnach, though I suspect there are pockets elsewhere, particularly in Belfalas and the foothills of the White Mountains.

Thanks for putting in Heths age (I assumed 17 was what she was at the beginning of Blackbow). I think Im all straightened out now on the question I asked in an earlier post about her age in different stories. Is there anything significant about not being the youngest Ranger - besides the obvious of having some of the teasing deflected?

I think it's mostly just not being at the bottom of the food chain any more. I can't see Faramir letting the younger ones get harassed too much, though they might have to do some of the dirtier jobs.

How did Faramir adjust new recruits coming in to the idea of a woman being among the Rangers? I imagine that there's several months or more before new guys get leave, so there would be time to adjust, but was it just a standing order to never discuss Hethlin with anyone except another Ranger?

I think that's basically it. By the time they've earned leave, they know Heth pretty well and are motivated to help keep the secret.

And finally, I thought you did a fine job on all the names! Not a one struck me as odd or out-of-place. :)

Thanks! Dragonflame is a Godsend!


Posted:Feb 23, 2006 19:44 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [5] Did you expand the epilogue a bit Isabeau? I like that Mablung bought his daughter's bed from Idren. Mablung seems like the sort who would check in on those who were once in his charge. He's such a decent sort of guy.

More curiosity from me about how likely folks were to guess that Hethlin was a girl. Lorend's family's home was surely bigger than Idren's farmhouse but wouldn't there have been a risk that she'd be spotted while undressing or bathing, etc? Or was it an "open secret" that some people could be trusted with, and Mablung and Faramir knew the secret would be safe with Lorend's family if discovered?

Rebecca
Posted:Feb 25, 2006 18:26 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [6] Rebecca wrote: Did you expand the epilogue a bit Isabeau? I like that Mablung bought his daughter's bed from Idren. Mablung seems like the sort who would check in on those who were once in his charge. He's such a decent sort of guy.

No, that was there from the start. Mablung also remembered that Idren liked wood-working, which is one reason he mentioned the family as a possibility to Eryngol.

More curiosity from me about how likely folks were to guess that Hethlin was a girl. Lorend's family's home was surely bigger than Idren's farmhouse but wouldn't there have been a risk that she'd be spotted while undressing or bathing, etc? Or was it an "open secret" that some people could be trusted with, and Mablung and Faramir knew the secret would be safe with Lorend's family if discovered?

I don't think they were much worried. Lorend's family is pretty well off, and Heth could have had either a private room or shared with Mablung and Lorend. And had she been discovered, there was no real reason for them to go running to Denethor or anyone else with the information.


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