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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.
It seems to me like there are two different issues embedded in the question of Why Halaran Moved to Anorien:
1. Why Anorien?
2. Who in the north, if anyone, knew where he was (and possibly why)?
I see a problem with Aragorn having much if any contact with Halaran after he left; it's the same problem I have with Litharel -- why didn't anyone come looking for Hethlin?
If the Eagles saw that the homestead had been destroyed, they could have reasonably concluded that the whole family was lost. But if the Eagles didn't communicate that information to the northern Dunedain, the latter would have needed to find out on their own why there was a sudden silence from Anorien. That is, if Aragorn was in any kind of regular contact with Halaran, he would have been obliged to find out what happened to Halaran & his family. If a scout were sent down to Anorien, they would have discovered by talking to the innkeeper that rangers from Ithilien had found a gravely injured Hethlin.
I realize that in the year before he met Hethlin Aragorn was occupied with other matters, but there are still 3 years unaccounted for. With things heating up in Mordor I can't help but think that if getting info from Halaran was an option for Aragorn, he'd have tried to use it -- and thus discovered that Halaran was dead and his surviving daughter had been carried off by orcs and then rescued by Faramir. It would have been grossly irresponsible of Aragorn to a) not tell Litharel about this, and b) not have Hethlin located and brought north so that she could be with her family.
Maybe I'm overlooking something obvious?
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