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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.
Also meant to point out that Heth could be (and I do think she is) developing feelings for Imrahil. For one thing, she seems very unaware of her own emotional developments, and I offer her long-time but completely oblivious adoration of Faramir as example.
True about her obliviousness, but I've always taken that as being a result of thinking that Faramir was so far above her touch, both in status and physical desirability, that she didn't let herself even consider the possibility of being with him.
While I don't see that happening where Imrahil is concerned, I *do* see it happening again regarding Elrohir. Hethlin's been merrily going along with everything, telling herself that there's no harm in what they're doing because he's sworn the Ridiculous Oath, and that he therefore does not and will not ever love her. She tells herself that she doesn't love him, either. Yet her thoughts stray to him when she has down time, or when observing a starry sky with Aragorn. She squirms when asked to describe her relationship with Elrohir.
And let's not forget that Lord Elrond is a terribly perceptive person, gifted with the gift of foresight. He has already intimated that he thinks the damage has been done, so to speak, when it comes to the hearts of Hethlin and Elrohir. I don't think he'd kick up a fuss if his son was just having an insignificant dalliance with a mortal girl.
I've been in that terribly awkward position of having a friend profess strong feelings for me that I didn't return. I felt awful about it; it always affects the friendship, usually for the worse. The party who loves has to distance themselves in order to protect their heart, and so both sides suffer loss. That's all I saw happening to Hethlin after Imrahil's proposal -- but maybe I'm wrong.
Plus it really sucks to have someone tell you that they love you when you're still hurting from an unrequited love in another direction. You'd think that it would make a person feel better about themselves, but speaking from experience I can say that it just made me want to kick myself. You wonder why your heart won't just re-arrange itself to fit the facts: X loves me, Z does not. I should therefore love X, not Z. How much easier it would be if we could do that! That's what I saw happening to Hethlin, but perhaps I was reading too much of my own experience into the story!
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