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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.
I think Imrahil is definitely more emotionally mature than Elrohir, primarily because he has seemed to overcome any doubts about his place in life and what his gifts are. I think the point about Elrohir being in arrested development because elves have ďall the time in the worldĒ to be a very good point, and if he found himself looking at mortality with Hethlin he would probably shape up quickly.
Imrahil's emotional maturity is one of my main objections to pairing him with Hethlin. If she'd had a different childhood and adolescence, wherein she could already know at her young age what she wanted in life, it wouldn't be a problem to be with an older, emotionally mature man whose path in life is firmly established. But that's not the case. Whereas I think you're right that if it came to that Elrohir would be able to fall in step with Hethlin quickly and they could step into maturity, family, leadership, etc. together.
A thought I havenít seen voiced yet is that for quite some time I have seen Heth as a female parallel to Aragorn. Being somewhat close kin on her motherís side and having an illustrious paternal line, it is not surprising they share many strengths. ... However, to have both of them marry an offspring of Elrond carries just too many similarities, and I would like Heth to make her way a little more separately of Aragornís example.
That's interesting; hadn't occurred to me until you mentioned it, Denise. ;) It is kind of interesting to think about one orphaned Dunedain being raised in the North, and finding his fortune in the South, while another is raised in the South, and finds her fortune in the North. Although apparently symmetry is frowned upon in some corners!
The main difference I see between the two situations, and it would be a small difference I admit, would be that Elrohir wouldn't be staying solely out of love for Hethlin.
Erchirion would still fit into Faramirís vision, but I also see it as being an incredibly difficult situation for Imrahil and awkward for Hethlin, at least for the first while, even if Imrahil eventually suppressed/got over his love for Hethlin and somehow found another worthy woman.
But it would be awkward for Imrahil even if he did end up with Hethlin. Unless the third chapter of Dol Amroth Yule gets scrapped as uncanonical (and what a shame that would be; I loved the opal necklace and Elrohir's intense love of marmalade), our brave lass has taken another man (ok, elf) to bed under Imrahil's own roof. The whispers, the snickering that would happen if Imrahil married Hethlin. I also hate to think of poor Imrahil feeling old and feeble next to his young wife in another decade or two. Awkwardness would become a constant in Imrahil's life if he ended up with Hethlin, don't you think?
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