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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.
Denise, you asked why I think that Altariel's Late Fragment rules out the possibility of Hethlin & Elrohir, because Faramir refers to Hethlin's (deceased, or otherwise gone) love. And that is a good question! I realize, now that I've looked, that I cannot back up the idea that Elrohir and Elladan were around at the time of Arwen's death, although somehow that notion bored itself into my head. (Were they still in ME, does anyone know?) All I could find when I looked into E & E's time in ME post Ring War is that they dwelled for a "long time" in Rivendell. Which of course raises the question, "long by whose reckoning?" Anyway, I thought that the canonical info on E & E is that they were living in ME at least until Arwen's death, and thus the conclusion I reached (perhaps incorrectly) about what Altariel's story portended for Hethlin.
And of course you're right that Altariel's story could end up being changed or declared "alternative." Seems unlikely, but you never know!
I'm certainly not trying to convince you to change your mind, Denise! :) I've already laid out my reasoning as best I could, and you don't see what I see, while I don't see what you see regarding Imrahil. But who knows what Isabeau will come up with -- I might be very surprised and find myself happily embracing a union between Imrahil and Hethlin. We'll just have to wait and hope that Isabeau's muse will take mercy on her patient (or not so patient!) readers. I was just responding to Eressa because I wanted her to know that she wasn't alone in favoring Elrohir for Hethlin. I wasn't trying to re-open that debate!
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