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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.
Wow! Lots of interesting discussion about the relative merits of Heth's suitors. It would serve you all right if a horse threw Eowyn into a tree at some point and Heth finally ended up with Faramir. Except that Una would never speak to me again! The Horse-wench is going to live a long and happy life, if she has her way...
Or I could hook her up with Amrothos...
Aragorn has pretty well expressed the big hurdle to Heth and Elrohir committing themselves-not only would Elrohir be forsworn and not go West, but Elladan might be lost to mortality as well. Can she bring herself to do that?
As for Imrahil, gossip would be somewhat troublesome to him, but not a major issue, so long as Heth comported herself as a faithful wife. He certainly doesn't suffer from self-esteem issues, and he could handle it. I think his biggest problem would be starting over as a father to young children at a time in his life when being a grandfather is more appropriate. I know from personal experience (I'm 48 with a 9-year-old son, and my husband is 11 years older than me), that that can be tough sometimes-the energy to deal simply isn't always there. Admittedly, Imrahil has a large support group, but I can't picture him as the sort of man who leaves the nurturing of his children to others.
Heth too would have a big adjustment to make-being a ruler of a cultured city like Dol Amroth would be a very big change for her, and require her to learn diplomatic skills and polish her public image in ways that would be very foreign to her.
On the plus side, when Imrahil said he wouldn't make her give up her sword, he meant it. Of course, the same would be true of Elrohir.
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