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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.
Yes, everyoneís different comments remind me that there can be many perspectives about a given situation, and very often other readers notice things that go right over my head. And a difference in perspectives can also explain discrepancies in the whole Halaran situation, should Isabeau choose explanations that are different than her stories indicate up to date. After all, weíve heard Aragornís story about Halaran moving to Gondor, and some of Litharelís, but nothing from Halaran himself. In fact, thatís one of the things I love best about Isabeau and Altarielís collaborations! One character says or does something, and itís seen in a slightly (or completely!) different way than intended by the other character. So like real life.
But I thought your comparison of the curse and schizophrenia was both humorous and apt. I donít know what I think of Litharel and his familyís handling of the whole situation leading up to Halaran and Liranielís departure. I donít think thereís enough non-Litharel perspective to get a good read on it, so I just ďfill inĒ with my own conjecture at this point. However, I think Liranielís other suitor clearly seemed to use the knowledge and potential curse to his advantage for baser motives, as he was happy to ignore it until Liraniel chose Halaran over him. Maybe the other Dunedain were always more subtly uncomfortable about it so he knew he could get them worked up. In the end, not a nice guy and possibly not ever a true friend to Halaran either.
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