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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.
Rebecca, you are not helping me get my work done either! You put out too many good discussions. But I shall try to keep it short(er) for a change.
I agree that Hethís main talents will always be martial (pending Isabeauís revelations, of course!), but I do think eventually she will be superwoman, given the glimpse weíve seen in Fourth Age. But I also agree that it will be a long development, not something acquired with relative ease. She can learn enough to function as a Princess fairly quickly, I believe, but it will not be a comfortable role for her for a decade or two. I donít see her having to become a different person to get it though, as much as having to nurture a mostly unrecognized potential.
Sheís been battle-blooded enough that I also believe she could keep her skills up by sparring practice, etc. just like all warriors do between battles. Not improve, perhaps, but maintain Ė she would have Liahan around after Andra is killed. But then I donít have any experience in this, so I could certainly be way off base here. It would certainly not be the same as active command and continuing battle experience.
The difference I see in her situation with Faramir vs. potentially Elrohir is that her blindness where Faramir was concerned was all unconscious, and Faramir was not actively pursuing her. She has actively considered Elrohirís Rediculous Oath at least a couple of times, and determined to keep him bound to it (no matter that itís ineffective, for either of them), and his interest in her is definitely obvious. It doesnít mean she isnít falling in love with him (and itís actually easier to deceive herself in this case because she can pretend all regard is friendship-love and hearts-ease), but I just mean that sheís consciously looked at it and rejected the idea vs. being all unaware. I too am looking forward to Heth being less self-conscious and appreciating herself more!
Good points about Litharel. OK, Iím ticked off at him again.
As for Tellís theoretical drinking habits, keep in mind he was going to meet buddies in a tavern on the second level at the beginning of Fourth Age. In my mind heís rather egalitarian where alcohol is concerned. :)
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