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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.
One thing I will be interested in seeing is how Hethlin comes to terms with her mother's kin. Seems to me that there is some reckoning to be done there. Her grandfather has been a bit of an ass, and it remains to be seen if that's an eduring character trait of his or just an unfortunate anomaly where his deceased son-in-law was concerned. He and his wife loved their daughter so much that they couldn't stand up for her and her husband when gossip started to circulate? They loved their daughter so much that they didn't keep in touch with letters over the years -- so that a four-year silence from Anorien would be noted and investigated in its own right, rather than in passing since Litharel was going to be in the area anyway? They loved their daughter so much that, upon discovering that he has a surviving granddaughter, Litharel skulked around behind Hethlin's back trying to figure out if he wanted to know her? I know she has already called him on that, and he has abashedly apologized. But it seems to me that there's a considerable amount of hypocrisy in claiming that you're angry with your son-in-law for taking your beloved daughter away from you, when you hadn't extended the effort to a) make it possible for them to stay, or b) keep in touch with them once they left. I'm surprised, actually, that Litharel is one of Aragorn's trusted men, because his way of handling family matters seems like a rather serious character flaw on his part.
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