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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.
If Halaran did keep in contact over the years he must have kept it secret, and had not done it in the years before he died. Why wouldn't he have told Hethlin about the bond with the Eagles, though? Even if she hadn't inherited it, or if it was dormant and somehow only manifested itself in the heir (her little brother becoming heir when he was born, say), she would still learn of it eventually, wouldn't she? It didn't seem to be a secret among the Dunadain, for example.
Well, in "Cage No Bird" he does start to hint at a special relationship with birds of prey. But it is a mystery as to why he didn't just come out and tell Hethlin about the Eagles and their connection to Hethlin's family. I guess I assumed that he withheld the specifics because he feared he would have then had to explain why he and Hethlin's mother left the North, given that they had such strong ties there. I assumed that if Halaran did keep in touch with the Eagles after moving to Anorien, it was sporadic at best, and he was waiting to tell Hethlin until he felt she was old enough to understand about the curse and about people's prejudice against him (and by extension her) because of that curse. I imagine it was a real sore spot for both of Hethlin's parents, especially if Litharel and the rest of Hethlin's mother's family did not keep in touch and had not been at all supportive when they'd been struggling with gossip and spitefulness among the Dunedain. Perhaps Halaran felt he couldn't even broach the subject until Hethlin was mature enough to take the information on board without requiring him to censor his bitterness for her sake. Because in his shoes I'd be really offended, and at the same time feel really guilty about what his wife has had to suffer as a result of his ancestor's treachery. I bet it wasn't easy for him to talk about -- better to be an anonymous homesteader in Anorien. Or, at least, simpler.
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