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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.
Rebecca wrote: I was looking for the story that described Imrahil rescuing him from being whipped in the market in Umbar, as I thought I recalled something of his mother's background being described somewhere. Didn't find it, but I thought I recalled that she was of noble birth but had been sold into slavery along with the rest of her family after they were on the losing side of a feud of some kind.
That is in fact correct. Isfhandijar bought her after his own family was well established and fell in love with her. I'm thinking he had more than one wife, and I'm contemplating if perhaps his youngest one, the mother of Andrahar's youngest brother whom he kills on the Pelennor might still be around and in a position to cause trouble for our boy. She would be very old, of course.
So is it possible that, unbeknownst to him, Andrahar has cousins somewhere -- that is cousins by way of his mother, who might actually care to know him? If his mother had a sister who fared a bit better in life than she did -- perhaps being bought by someone not so highly placed as Andrahar's father -- I wonder if it's conceivable that she (Andra's hypothetical aunt) could have ultimately been freed herself, or had children who were freed.
I detect in you a burning desire to give Andra some family, Rebecca! I suppose that it's possible, but while they might have known of Andrahar's existence as a child, I don't know that they would ever discover what happened to him after he moved to Gondor, and he's certainly got no way to track his kin down. I'll mulch that one a bit though, and see if anything comes of it.
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