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Games of Chess

 February, 28 2006

Stories in which the game of chess plays an important part...


Although I'm rubbish at chess, it does provide a good backbone for a story. Who else should be playing Faramir?

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 [11] Me: There is indeed a collaboration in the works, once I can get my act together to produce the next part...

Isabeau: And stop pitching nuzguls in your writing partner's direction....;-)

LOL, it's a fair cop!

Posted:Mar 7, 2006 05:41 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [12] I'd like to see Faramir play Legolas...or Gimli. One of them, or both, might already know chess, but I'm not sure about that.

Failing that, during those few weeks in the summer of 3019, have Faramir play chess with Elrond. Poor Elrond will need some distraction from the loss of Arwen anyway.

Posted:Apr 21, 2006 06:48 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [13] Raksha: during those few weeks in the summer of 3019, have Faramir play chess with Elrond. Poor Elrond will need some distraction from the loss of Arwen anyway.

Now that's an intriguing one. Hmm. I've thought about what Faramir and Galadriel might have to say to each other in the past, but never got round to putting anything down on paper.

Posted:Apr 21, 2006 09:51 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [14] I imagine the encounter of Galadriel and Faramir could be fascinating - she didn't seem to think much of his brother, and strikes me as uninterested in sugar-coating her disapproval. What would Faramir think of that? He would not want to go out of his way to offend his Queen's grandmother, but he might be annoyed...especially since things might have been different if Galadriel had bothered to counsel Boromir, or advise Aragorn that Boromir was being tempted by the Ring...

Raksha The Demon
Posted:Apr 25, 2006 20:22 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [15] I have a strong image of them meeting on the walls of Minas Tirith. Galadriel has the whole wisdom-and-ancientry thing going on, but Faramir's comeback is, "Hm, yes, and what future lies in front of yourrealm these days, milady?"

Posted:May 4, 2006 06:39 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [16] I'd love to see a Faramir Meets Galadriel story. I find Galadriel too daunting to write; also, I don't much like her in LOTR, she irritates and bores me by turns. (I do like Elrond - a lot)


Raksha The Demon
Posted:May 6, 2006 04:32 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [17] I'm hoping it's one of those stories which has a good chance of simmering to the surface one day. A closing line/central image needs to emerge first.

Posted:May 6, 2006 05:10 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [18] Heyo!

Question came up in rereading - Faramir remembers quite a bit of his mother and his mother's death, athough he was fairly young. He also remember's Imrahil's courtship - when he was really young. Do his children (Elboron and Morwen, to be specific) also remember the events of A Game of Chess? Perhaps not as traumatic as your mother dying or one of your earliest visions, but your parent's separation would still ahve been pretty agonising to the children. If so, how does that affect their relationship with their parents, do you think?

Posted:Jul 22, 2008 09:35 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [19] Heya, illereyn! I think Morwen might be too small to remember much about her parents' separation, but I wonder if some memory of it lies behind the uncertainty Elboron feels towards his father in Inheritance? (Elboron is three when the separation ends, IIRC.) Those with knowledge of small children would be able to give a more informed opinion than I can!

Posted:Jul 23, 2008 10:00 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [20] Hi, I'm not an expert on small children, but I can tell you my own experience. I was three when my parents divorced, and I can very clearly remember the night my dad left. My mom was sobbing on her bed, and I decided to make her a tray of food to cheer her up. The things I remember clearest are the things I could sense (touch, smell,ect.) and the emotions involved. I can't remember words that were said or stuff. My sister was only 6 mounths old and she has a feeling of being abadoned by our dad (so do I). If Elboron had felt abadoned by Faramir (which as my sister shows can start as early as 6 mounths) it could have had a lasting affect. My sister and I completly cut off contact with our Dad three years ago due in part to this feeling. Umm, this has been a long post, and I'm not sure it will help you, but if it does feel free to ask me more questions.

Posted:Aug 20, 2008 20:20 GMT  Reply to this Comment
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