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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.
Further thoughts on Gondorian cavalry...
Perhaps that was no oversight or neglect on Denethor's part. Perhaps it was a purposeful division of labour/departments. As MT is made of so much stone, there was no real place for stabling/training the horses. Perhaps there were stables on the Pelennor (apart from that of the messengers in the city), but as this was the main place for food production of the vast capital, they didn't want to spare place for extensive training grounds. So they had cavalry (under Húrin), but were specialized mainly as foot soldiers, while the surrounding fiefs, which didn't have Mindolluin or the Ered Nimrais in their direct way, were responsible for supplying cavalry at need. I wonder if Anórien would have been a good place, too, as it must be similar to the plains of Rohan, good pastureland.
Which leads me once again to the questions: Did Boromir fight on foot? On horse? For that matter - what the heck did he do as Captain-General? Where did he lead his forces? Anórien? South Ithilien? Lebennin? All along the Ered Nimrais? Mainly Osgilitath? In the Unabeauverse it's pretty clear that Anórien has been neglected for a pretty long time, so it seems not to have been in Boromir's sphere of responsibility - so what was?
I don't know if I'm making much (if any) sense; merely thinking out loud, for the most part, I guess...
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