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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.

Another thought about Halaran and Liraniel (remembered to look up her name): I always thought it was a bit strange that their neighbors in Anorien had no idea whatsoever that they were well-born. I would have thought that Liraniel, at least, would have been well-spoken, even if she never "put on airs." Of course her northern accent might have made her social status less clear to the folk of Anorien. But still, in a feudal society social status would be something that people automatically discerned.

Also someone -- I'm assuming Liraniel -- taught Hethlin to read fluently, so they must have had books, even if only 5 or 10 "classics." Those things would have tipped off the neighbors that Halaran's wife, even if she was competent and hard-working on the farm, came from a higher social status than her current circumstances indicated. But since Halaran and Liraniel were good neighbors, the folk of Anorien probably respected their evident wish to not discuss their background.

And perhaps that's why Halaran chose Anorien? There appears to be a more "democratic" spirit of self-sufficiency and self-determination in Anorien, born in part out of the neglect of Gondor's rulers, but probably also inherent to some extent to the folks who opted to take their chances in a relative wilderness in order to have a shot at having profitable farms. No local aristocracy to take an interest in newcomers and their backgrounds, or communicating with people in the north. That also might have been a problem in Rohan -- even if the Rohirrim weren't tight with the northern Dunedain, there *were* connections between them, and if Halaran felt he'd be persecuted by anyone who knew of his family history, he probably wanted to be somewhere that noone knew or cared about non-local family history...?

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