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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.

Denise: Plus, actually, I guess I dont really see her spending all that much of her warrior career in the Swan Knights after winning her white belt, but doing more to support Aragorn instead... Covert ops? Im pretty ambiguous on this point, and thinking of some of the visions from Galadriels mirror. Heths skill set will be truly impressive once her training is over, and maybe in some ways I see being purely a heavy-horse cavalrywoman in the Knights as actually a bit stifling, commander or no.

I think once Hethlin has her white belt and has aquainted herself with her kin and the situation in the North, she would be ideally suited to help Aragorn in re-building Arnor as a kingdom. There is much wildness, freedom, the rules of society and the possibilites for women are less strict and limited than in Gondor, Heth won't be the oddball warrior-woman, but a valued, competent woman who is capabale of really helping from the ground up. She is kin to the Chieftain and has other valuable relatives, so she would not work unsupported, but would have important connections with similar outlooks and priorities.

Goodness, I really hope I don't encroach on Isabeau's territory! I'm equally certain that Heth would lend herself to any number of useful and satisfying tasks, and Isabeau has shown oftentimes that she can plausibly write developments in her character- and plot-arcs we wouldn't have forseen, but develop quite naturally in the flow of the stories... It's just, the image of Heth as covert-ops quite appeals to me at the moment, I admit...

Rebecca:And of course Elrohir has been encouraging her to view their relationship as temporary, so that would just reinforce her innate tendency to assume he's not something she can have. He's only partially pursuing her -- he's not offering her anything lasting.

I'm waiting for the moment when those instances where he deliberately shuts her out of the link finally take on a meaning for her.

You and Denise have already pointed out that she still has problems with her self-worth. I guess going through it the hard way with Andrahar will make it easier later on (as he himself muses in Reparation).

I wonder if part of a problem there could not be that she compartmentalizes (is that a word?). She strikes me as someone who would value and appreciate her skills and achievements in her job for what they are worth, but would have trouble extending this same regard for herself as a person.

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