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Isabeau's Journal

 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.

Imhiriel wrote: The way you describe it, it sounds as if Imrahil brought all his knights to MT. That doesn't seem plausible to me: Wouldn't he have left at least a force, say 1 or 2 companies, behind to guard Dol Amroth and the Falas?

Denethor makes Imrahil promise to bring all of his mounted troops in Discovery. The 500 number I derived from Fonstad's estimation. He also brought 1200 foot. I'm assuming he left at least that many foot in Dol Amroth, perhaps as many as 2000, and he does have his navy to help patrol.

I have been writing a piece about Imrahil at the Siege of Gondor for a long time. It's one of those things that lurk on the hard-drive forever and get tinkered with every now and again till the muse finally breaks through. But as a goodie for all of you, I give you the following snippet. Imrahil is getting ready to ride into MT with the Captains of the Outlands:

“Hail, Forlong! How’s the feasting in Lossarnach these days?”

“Passable, my lord Prince, passable!”

“So I see!” Forlong had certainly not wasted away since our last meeting.

Another booming laugh from the old, fat man. “I see you brought some friends with you!”

“Yes. Anfalas, Lamedon, Morthond, Pinnath Gelin, the Ethir--they’re all here.”

Forlong cast his eye back along the road, to where the Captains of the Outlands rested their troops along the verge, so as not to block the refugees, who looked at them with wide eyes. I was glad to see the women and children leaving, but was unable to drive from my mind the adage about rats and a sinking ship. And since during my sea-going youth, I’d seen sinking ships and their attendant rats more than once, it was even more difficult. “They did not bring enough to satisfy old Steward Stone-face, you know,” the Lord of Lossarnach said.

“They brought all that they felt could be spared, and what they had promised in Council. There’s rumor of a Corsair fleet off the coast. You did not bring all that many yourself, Forlong.”

“Ah well, there’s places other than Tirith that will be attacked. As lord, I have to have a care for my people as well as the White City.”

“As do I,” I acknowledged, and he looked down the road at the ranks of my assembled Swan Knights and men-at-arms and whistled.

“So you say, but it looks as if you stripped Dol Amroth, Imrahil!”

“Oh, I left a few behind.” More than a few, in point of fact, for the Corsairs threatened my demesne greatly. Forlong’s shrewd old eyes widened as he did the math, adding the number of men I had brought to the number he estimated I would consider sufficient to keep Dol Amroth safe.

“I had no idea you had so many men under arms! You command as many as the Steward does.”

“I doubt that, Lossarnach.” I didn’t really, but I did not want to enter into that sort of speculation--it led to nothing but trouble, and rumors of empire-building. “So--in what order should we enter the city?” Forlong laughed.

“Age before beauty, so I should precede you and Hirluin. And you have all those horses! For the sake of our shoes, you should go last.”

I laughed in my turn, agreed to take the rear-ward position, and started back to my men, passing the men of Pinnath Gelin upon the way.

BTW, I love the names Esteven and Liahan. I know how hard it is to come up with good names for OCs, and I like yours most of the time, but those two especially.

I'm very glad you like those two because I was worried they didn't sound Tolkienish enough, but I also didn't want to change them now that I've become used to them.


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