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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 asked: I have another Eagles question, somewhat related to the Litharel rant I indulged in yesterday. Did the Eagles know about Halaran's death prior to the Ring War? Did they know that Halaran had children? If so, would they have communicated any of that information to any of the Dunedain?
I don't think they had the knowledge and they didn't communicate it. For whatever reason, Halaran cut himself off completely from his Northern kindred.
Here is where I admit to a problem that's been bugging me for a while. When I started Captain, the Eagles weren't in the picture at all. I just picked a spot for Halaran's homestead that was not too far from Minas Tirith and that I liked. I always thought the beacons were cool, so I stuck it there. The Eagle thing didn't happen until Chapter Ten, and didn't come to full fruition until later in the story.
So now I've got a situation where it doesn't really make sense for Halaran to have settled where he did, but he did, so I have to come up with some sort of reasoning for that and for his total lack of communication with the North. And I'm kind of stuck. You'd think he might want to live near the Gap of Rohan or something, where the Eagles could get to him. Admittedly, he is right at the White Mountains and perhaps he thought some Eagles would move there, but still, it seems weird now. Did he think about living in the Gap, and something about the whole Saruman situation creep him out? Why not live in Rohan proper? Admittedly, he seems a solitary sort of man, and the land he chose in Anorien was good land and he seemed to like the few neighbors he had. But I'll open the floor for a discussion to make some back-story for the Hethverse here-what's the deal with Halaran?
I got the sense that Halaran continued to work with the Eagles sometimes even after moving south, as I think Celeborn mentioned seeing him once while he was on an errand for the Eagles just prior to Hethlin's birth. If they did continue to keep in touch at least periodically in the years before the Ring War, I'm guessing that the Eagles must have at least noted that Halaran's homestead was destroyed and no one was around. I could see them reasonably concluding that the entire family had been killed. Perhaps, given the rift between Halaran and his in-laws, the Eagles didn't feel obliged to convey that information to Litharel?
I don't think they necessarily talk to all the Dunedain, but no, I don't know that they would think it necessary to tell Litharel about his kindred. And they may have indeed been miffed on Halaran's behalf.
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