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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.
Denise wrote: Re: The Halaran question. Halaran's independence and tendency to be a loner stick out a bit for me as to why he would settle where he did. The Dunedain seem to be a pretty independent lot, not a lot of oversight in their daily lives, and MT was so aloof that no interference was forthcoming even when Anorien did want it. And it had trees and mountains nearby, which he would have been used to.
And which would shelter an Eagle should it visit.
My impression is that most of Rohan was grassland until Fangorn, and while perhaps as sparsely settled as Anorien there was plenty of contact with the Mark riders. Plus, Gondor was still part of Aragorn's kingdom-to-be, and maybe Halaran wanted to be close at hand if the King needed assistance upon his hoped-for return?
Now this is very possible. I recollect that at one time I'd figured Haloran picked a place reasonably close to MT so he could keep an eye on things there. He is the one person who could get word to Aragorn swiftly-I don't know what his exact range for sending for an Eagle would be, but it's probably much better than Heth's initial attempt at Fangorn.
A while back I started a one-off piece for Dwim's birthday where Halaran actually runs into Aragorn, but I've not gone anywhere with it. He was helping an injured Eagle at the time.
Also, Isabeau had Litharel bring up the thought that Halaran might have wanted to force the prophecy with the Witch King, in which case he would have wanted to be closer to Mordor, but not so close that he put his family into immediate danger. Does any of that strike a chord?
Yes, that does make me feel a bit better. This obviously doesn't bother people as much as it does me.
Still seems hard that he did not have much if any contact with the Eagles, but then they are so long-lived that perhaps 15-20 years didn't seem like much of a gap to them?
Or it may be that he does-that if they fly reasonably close, say high overhead where they can't be seen, they can talk to him. He might have been in communication with them almost continuously and even his family would not have known.
And was the rift with the Dunedain so bad that Halaran and his family would have absolutely no contact, even with Aragorn?
See above. I suppose it's possible that he's actually been in sporadic contact with Aragorn all along. The Eagles might not talk to the other Dunedain, but I suspect they'll pass news to the Chieftain, or at least to Elrond.
Thanks for taking the time to answer so many questions, Isabeau! It’s so enjoyable to get these back stories and extra details about the Unabeauverse.
You're very welcome.
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