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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.

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.

Yes, that is sad, isn't it? If she marries Imrahil I would hope that she'd get another shot at love after his death. She'd be looking at what, 70 - 80 years by herself after he dies. And as I think I mentioned earlier, Hethlin isn't going to be *the* love of Imrahil's life, so it would kind of suck if she wasn't able to move on with someone else after he was gone.

I guess this touches on one of the inherent problems I have with Tolkien's world -- and it might have even been something that he deliberately built into that world as an intended dilemma. People there seem very concerned with keeping things as they are -- one mate even if you count your life's span in millenia rather than years, kingdoms built around dynasties that are meant to endure forever, holding time at bay with magic rings, etc. That wish to keep the status quo is a problem in our world too of course, but it's heightened in Middle Earth I think. ... where am I going with this thought? ... it's an obvious problem with the elves, in particular Galadriel and Elrond at the end of the Third Age -- it's why they must retreat to Aman. Frankly I think it's a problem with Aman in general and the Valar overall. I don't want to get bogged down in what would likely be an inarticulate attempt at a metaphysical analysis, but it seems to me that the task facing those who remain in Middle Earth -- e.g. Men -- will be to build a new order that can accommodate change. I haven't sufficiently expressed what I'm trying to get at and need to press on with work now but I think that part of my wish to see Hethlin making choices that will allow her to live up to her potential as a leader in her own right come from my view that what Middle Earth needs after the Ring War are people who aren't going to just try to recreate old systems and perpetuate the rather rigid order that held sway for so long. Perhaps that's why I like Amrothos so much, for one thing. And I think that's also why I hope that Elrohir will find a way to get Elrond to see that he needs to stay in Middle Earth, because that's where he can do the most good. I suspect that once Elrond leaves, Elrohir might blossom as a leader (not that Elrond was consciously denying Elrohir the opportunity to lead but there simply wasn't a need for Elrohir to do anything as long as his father was around and so firmly and effectively in control). OK must stop now!

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