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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.
Oh how my mind wanders when I'm looking at pages of scatterplots and correlation tables and puzzled about what to do next with my data ...
I'm really intrigued by the Peredhil twins. Have been since I first read CMC, and now that I've got a clearer picture of Elladan in my mind I can't help but wonder what his relationship with Elrohir is really like. Not *that* way -- slash is fine, but I get squicked out by incest of any sort. I'm thinking about how Aragorn warned Hethlin that there was rarely mischief on the part of one that the other hadn't had a hand in. And it seems like Elrohir is often the primary instigator, or front man at least, with Elladan in the background, although obviously not in all things. It's funny, in CMC when Elladan come on to Eomer after the latter had been rather blatantly hitting on Heth, I thought it was just to help Elrohir tweak Eomer. I'm glad see that his motive went beyond subtle retaliation on his brother's behalf. Elladan's his own man, er, elf, pursuing his own goals. Pursuing one's own goals is important to me, if you all hadn't noticed already ;).
So we know that Elrohir is not convinced about going to Valinor. And there's the apparent fear that Elladan will go along with his brother in whatever choice he makes. Which again, on some level, overlooks the self-determination of a Peredhil (earlier we discussed Arwen, but now there's Elladan). I guess what I'm wondering is whether Elladan might also have his own, independent reservations about Valinor. But being sharp & subtle, perhaps Elladan sees that it's better to let his more impetuous twin do the fighting with Elrond on that subject. That way he can do what he wants without having to deal with the trouble that Elrohir seems to invite at every turn. If that's the case, perhaps in some ways Elladan knows himself a bit better than Elrohir knows himself. I kind of get the sense that he does, although maybe I'm off-base there.
From what Isabeau has written I don't have as clear a sense about what Elladan wants on that front as I do with Elrohir. Maybe Elladan could be happy in Valinor. But his slight preference for mortal men as lovers is interesting. Possibly indicative of nothing other than a taste for the exotic ... or something. But it makes me wonder. I know that the twins really aren't the focus of Isabeau's story, and my interest in them is slightly peculiar, although I never really gave them a second thought until I read CMC. Weird!
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