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The Best-Loved Son cycle
February, 23 2006
Anything dealing with this cycle of stories can be discussed here: Andra and Boromir as a couple, the Denethor/Imrahil/Andrahar rivalry, the politics of Gondor in the last days of the Third Age.
Well said, Rebecca - your comments about Imrahil and Denethor's confrontation were spot-on to what I thought as well. I hadn't thought very much about Denethor seeing "himself as locked in a struggle a deux with Sauron" but it does help flesh out more of this complex and unlikeable character and his actions (or lack thereof).
I wonder how much of what Imrahil spelled out to Denethor about their different relationships with Faramir ended up helping tip Denethor over the edge when Faramir was brought back near death. Not that his despair needed much help, of course.
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