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Hethlin of Anorien

 February, 25 2006

I know CMC's a done deal, but since I intend to give it a thorough editing in the future, I'll include it in this thread, as well as make this a place for any other Heth questions not appropriate for the Silver Swan thread.

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 [61] Isabeau wrote: I'm thinking Halaran and Liranael might have had a book or two, maybe even a handful. They were of course destroyed when the farm was burned. But it's interesting to speculate about what they might have been about....

Yes -- I was thinking the same thing; although not so much about what the books would be about, but how they came into Liranael's possession (I'm thinking they were her books, for some reason). I was wondering if maybe before she left for the south with Halaran her mother (or father, but seems like a more motherly thing) might have given her some treasured family books. Maybe a history of Numenor? Maybe an illustrated book about botany? One thing that seems unlikely to me is a book about more recent Dunedain history or heritage.

But actually my point about how terribly expensive books were before the advent of the printing press is that in order for children to be taught how to read, there would be a need for either schools or books in the home. From what I know about Anorien in your stories, it seems like the latter would be quite rare, and the former nonexistant.

Posted:May 16, 2006 20:26 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [62] Isabeau: I wrote about him needing a new bow in The Best Gift of All because he was fourteen and would have been shooting for a number of years, but I still wonder who started him off. I'll cheerfully chuck this little beastie in Una's direction! (drop-kicks nuzgul across the Pond)

*dives sideways*

My instinct: if it was something in which Faramir showed above-average talent, it might have attracted positive comments from his father, in which case he would devote extra time to it.

Posted:May 19, 2006 12:45 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [63] Imhiriel: I have always imagined that it was Faramir who wanted to join the Rangers, maybe even against the wishes of Denethor. It strikes me as something that was maybe too much "dirty" work, and it was much more dangerous than being in the regular army, I assume. It strikes me as a a decision motivated by a wish for independence, either from the large shadow of his brother, or to be away from his father.

I think it's partly this, partly that it suits his talents, as Isabeau said, and also because if he has to have a military career, then the intelligence work involved appeals to his low cunning intellect.

Posted:May 19, 2006 12:51 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [64] "low cunning" above should have a humorous strike through it, but the strike tag didn't work :-)


Posted:May 19, 2006 12:52 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [65] after reading the 4th age it clear that Heth does not end up with Elrohir?

Posted:Jul 28, 2006 18:37 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [66] sorry just to add as unlike most individuals who seem to post on this site, after reading CMC I find the relationship between Heth and Elrohir to be such a wonderful and loving partnership.

Posted:Jul 28, 2006 18:39 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [67] Oh, I hope you don't think you are alone there, eressa! I'm a self-confessed (blatant? fanatical?) Imrahil/Hethlin person, but I think Heth and Elrohir's relationship has been marvelous for both of them. As has been much discussed elsewhere, Heth and Elrohir would make a good a match if that's where Isabeau takes them. I don't think there's anything, in any published story, that eliminates Elrohir from the running. (Much to my personal disappointment... *g*)

Posted:Jul 28, 2006 23:57 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [68] I'm another fanatical Imrahil/Hethlin lover! :) I love Imrahil as Isabeau has portrayed him and I want him to be happy with Hethlin and I think she would be happy with him. But, I also want her to go and be the bodyguard for Arwen, too. So, I want lots of things!

I did think that the 4th age story sort of indicated that Hethlin married Imrahil because wasn't she the mother-in-law of Eldarion in that story? If she married Elrohir and they had children then that would mean that one of their children would have married Eldarion and they would have been first cousins. I know that is not impossible, especially in royal circles, but it gave me hope for Imrahil and Hethlin. :)

Posted:Jul 29, 2006 03:22 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [69] Eressa, you're not the only one who holds that opinion about Elrohir and Hethlin!

Posted:Jul 29, 2006 04:35 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [70] Hi Isabeau,

The new chapter in Blackbow is great! I forgot to add in my review that I especially liked the little glimpe of Lorend that you gave us. He is becoming a favorite of mine ... I like clever, mischievous, kind-hearted men.

Posted:Jul 29, 2006 04:44 GMT  Reply to this Comment
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