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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.
But if you do let him keep in contact with the Eagles, you probably should address the reason why it was kept secret (or, at least kept secret from Hethlin). I guess the connection was known openly in the North? If so, you must have a reason why Halaran doesn't mention it the child who presumably is to inherit this link for 10 years.
Yes, I agree. If Halaran kept in touch with any of the Dunedain, it's hard to figure out why he didn't tell Hethlin about her heritage.
On the other hand it wouldn't be too hard to imagine, for me at least, Halaran keeping in touch with the Eagles periodically, but not telling Hethlin anything about it, if there was real bitterness on his part about his exile, his in-laws, and/or the Dunedain community at large. Do you think that if Halaran was estranged from the Dunedain he might have delayed telling Hethlin anything about recent or more distant family history because he just didn't want to have to explain and re-open those emotional wounds until it was necessary?
I guess another thing that I was wondering about, vis a vis the relative safety of Anorien and the unexpectedness(?) of the orc attack, is that Halaran must have felt pretty safe until that fatal moment. He seemed to have been keen on preparing Hethlin for a life where swordplay, hunting, and earning her own way would be important skills for her. But he didn't seem to feel any urgency about telling her about her family history -- either the Eagles or the Witch King. Doesn't that suggest that he didn't seem to think he was in any immediate danger? It also makes me wonder about Litharel's idea -- mentioned in this discussion by Denise -- that Halaran was perhaps thinking to confront the Witch King and that's why he moved to Anorien. Just seems a bit odd to think that might have been on his mind at all but he didn't think to tell Hethlin, who as we know *was* going to be affected by the curse. Some foreknowledge might have been very helpful for her -- what if Elrohir hadn't been on hand, or hadn't been inclined to take the risk that he did?
I guess in the back of my mind was the assumption that Halaran might not have even viewed the curse as a genuine threat -- it would be awfully hard to justify putting those you love most at risk like that. I guess the conclusion I'd unconsciously reached about that was that the curse was a convenient excuse trotted out by the former friend, and given credence by others in the Dunedain community -- including Litharel -- to justify having sympathy for/favoring the rejected suitor, who came from a more illustrious family, etc. I kind of had the impression that Litharel was disappointed by his daughter's choice of husband -- not because anyone really thought the curse was going to act upon them, but because Halaran wasn't so well-connected. But perhaps I've really misinterpreted that situation.
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