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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.
Darn it, I told myself I was not going to ask any more questions until you'd had a chance to post another chapter or story, but I can't help myself.... How much of Hethlin's history and/or accomplishments (like the 29 orcs at Min-rimmon) does Andrahar know at this point? He's such a complex character that I have a hard time reading his attitude towards Hethlin, but it seems from SS Ch.1 he thinks of her as an immature girl - which is in part true - without notable accomplishments and sufferings to mitigate that immaturity. Of course, as her instructor he would necessarily need to project a strict and stern demeanor no matter what his true thoughts about her. And I haven't forgotten Boromir's reflections on Andrahar in Discretion: "It was a favorite pastime of esquires smarting under his rigorous instruction to suggest that he had been spawned in the slag pits of Mordor." Ha ha!
I had not reflected on Imrahil's difficulties in starting over as a father at 65+, no matter his family's long life-span. I can relate - I'm 38 with three kids, ages four and under, and we are thinking of having another before I turn 40. Gluttons for punishment, I guess!
Thanks for all the generous sharing of insight into your characters!
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