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Hethlin of Anorien

By:Isabeau
 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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 [71] eressa wrote: 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.

I do too. And I do think it's good for both of them. I also think it has the capacity to be very painful for both of them. That being said, Elrohir is going to be around for a very long time, and I can't imagine him ever ignoring Heth, or being indifferent to her.


Posted:Jul 29, 2006 06:56 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [72] Rebecca wrote: 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.

Thanks, Rebecca! But it's Boromir who's really being the perverse, mischievous one in this piece-I just can't stop him snickering and grinning. When I originally began Blackbow, I figured he would be the obstacle to Heth's becoming a Ranger, not her greatest advocate! Faramir's the one who is needing to be won over and that is NOT what I intended at all.

Isabeau
Posted:Jul 29, 2006 07:02 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [73] Hi Isabeau, sorry this is a bit late, I'm working at a campin america at the moment so i don't get much time too read.

I thiught the last chapter fits perfectly with your Boromir, Faramir still see's her as a woman but Boromir doesn't see girls in that light anyway, much better to have them this way around.

I couldn't help but laugh at how things will play out now Heth's in the swannies, her and Esteven will have a good laugh over this, "do you remember when...." and Esteven can tell Andra about her early ranger days, if he ever want's too know.

Boromir's leutenant is great as well, it shows the scepticism in the army, and some of what Heth will have to deal with as a commander

All in all a great chapter, can't wait too read more,

Nargil
Posted:Jul 29, 2006 14:43 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [74] Hi Isabeau,

I have a 2-part Hethlin question: can she swim? And are you planning to write about the first time she sets eyes on the sea?

Thanks!

Rebecca
Posted:Aug 3, 2006 11:57 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [75] Rebecca asked: I have a 2-part Hethlin question: can she swim?

If she can, it's not very well at all-I don't know that there were any swimmin' holes available! So my answer would have to be no, or at a very low level of skill. I suppose it's possible that Faramir taught her a bit after she joined the Rangers.

And are you planning to write about the first time she sets eyes on the sea?

I think I will indeed most likely address that in Silver Swan.

Isabeau
Posted:Aug 3, 2006 17:57 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [76] Remember that when Eowyns eyes looked gray it was under the darkness of Sauron, so they could actually be blue.

Have you also noted how Tolkien just loves gray...

Rikard
Posted:Nov 7, 2006 09:21 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [77] And, er, a couple more questions from one of your latest ficlets... Landroval is very funny and charming with his headlong, impetuous first flight. Even as an adult eagle, Hethlin notes he seems very cheerful. Yet he was Halaran's eagle-friend, who was by all accounts a typical grim Northerner. How do eagles choose their eagle-friends from Hethlin's House? Since they are so much longer-lived than humans, do they often have more than one human friend?

Denise
Posted:Apr 2, 2007 18:54 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [78] Denise wrote: Yet he was Halaran's eagle-friend, who was by all accounts a typical grim Northerner.

I don't necessarily think of Halaran as totally grim, but I do think he was one of those people who felt more comfortable with his Eagle-friends than his fellow Dunedain for the most part. One can hardly blame him, really, given the suspicion with which his house was regarded.

But if you knew him, as did Liranael and Aragorn, he was probably more than witty enough. And I feel like he actually got along very well with the folks in Anorien, who were unaware of the baggage he brought with him and were willing to accept him at face value.


How do eagles choose their eagle-friends from Hethlin's House? Since they are so much longer-lived than humans, do they often have more than one human friend?

I would think they could have more than one if they wished to. I haven't actually decided how the selection process occurs-though it's obviously nothing like Anne McCaffrey's dragons! At present, I think it's more a case of which Eagle feels drawn to the human. Gwaenaur chose Hethlin against usual Eagle custom because I think she felt that Hethlin would be better understood by another female. But I shouldn't be surprised if Landroval shows up every now and again, for old time's sake.


Posted:Apr 2, 2007 19:26 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [79] Ummm....Now that I've started asking questions, I can't help but ask more:

Angrim is Denethor's spy in Faramir's camp, right? So did Denethor's orders or Ranger loyalty win in the matter of telling Denethor that his son is harbouring a woman in the ranks?

And if he did tell Denethor, why did Denethor never use it to berate Faramir? Or did he (like Boromir thinks in Blackbow) believe it is ok as long as she's a good soldier?

Sorry about bothering you.

illereyn
Posted:Jul 20, 2008 09:42 GMT  Reply to this Comment


 [80] I always figured that Angrim kept his silence about Hethlin, probably out of sympathy for what she had endured. Because if he had told Denethor, I can't see the Steward not using it to cause trouble for Faramir. I see Denethor as stickler for propriety, and there's no way he would see a woman living with 200 Rangers as appropriate, even if she was a good soldier. Trouble for Faramir besides, I think his reaction would have been Boromir's first reaction-that she had to go somewhere far away from the battle line as soon as possible.

Isabeau
Posted:Jul 20, 2008 10:44 GMT  Reply to this Comment
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