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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.
Denise wrote (and it's fine with me to use either name): Though I cannot resist commenting again that any significant limitations placed on Hethlin are likely to be due to having children rather than getting married.
Rebecca responded: Only insofar as marrying Imrahil will require her to remain in Dol Amroth. No point in marrying the man if she's going to go off adventuring for years on end!
Agreed! Let me see if I can coherently describe my thought process (even if the thoughts themselves are not coherent). My impression is that Hethlin will likely have children fairly quickly once she is married, whether to Elrohir or Imrahil, given the high mortality rate of her military career and the fact that she is last in her father's line. Once she has kids, she will be fairly tied down while they are young, for I can't see Hethlin abdicating the nurturing of her offspring to others. Plus, sheíll probably want to be one of their main trainers! Once they are older (late teens?), however, I see either Imrahil or Elrohir being relaxed about Hethlin resuming her military career and/or traveling north to introduce her heir to the Eagles and her northern kin. This is why I say having kids is the bigger impact to Hethís career. The difference in husbands is that Elrohir and she could then Ranger together, while Imrahil is mostly tied to Dol Amroth, as you pointed out. Plus, as Imri would get older, I would definitely think that Heth would want to maximize her time spent with him. However, at this point sheís interrupted her career for a significant amount of time for the kids, so Iím happy in my personal bias to have it mostly interrupted until after Imrahil dies. (Thatís a pretty cold assessment, isnít it?) And I'm not too worried about Imri getting old and feeble too quickly. Adrahil was hale and healthy at 89 (in Discretion), only four years before he died. Unfortunately, from Late Fragment it seems clear that whoever Heth marries, they have been dead for a while by the time of her conversation with Faramir.
Whew! I too am glad that Isabeau doesnít mind these forays into abstract discussions about her characters. And I certainly don't expect answers to every question either, or it's about all Isabeau would have time to do. Not that this will hinder me in any way, because of course...
The kid discussion reminds me of further questions. Where is Hethís daughter in Fourth Age? Did Heth have other children? And did all of them gain her mind gifts, or just the eldest daughter/son? I remember wondering in CMC if her little brother would have had the gift to speak to Eagles, or if it went to the eldest or heir only. Did her forefathers ever have more than one son to carry on the bloodline?
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