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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.

I think it could go either way. Imrahil would certainly release Andrahar, but it's true that in some ways it might be easier for Boromir to go to Dol Amroth, particularly if he formally abdicates the Stewardship in favor of his brother.

I was "mulching" this today, as Una puts it, and I really need to get a hold of an on-line timeline-my LOTR omnibus has been missing for a while now. Specifically, I need to know how much time passed between Parth Galen and the Siege of Gondor. I think I could plausibly make a case for Boromir's survival just by tweaking a thing or two-Aragorn gets there sooner, or he's shot, but not so many arrows and nothing horribly vital, and there's a ready supply of athelas... Which isn't unlikely at all since they're at an old Dunadan outpost!

In any event, much of the story would be dictated by the timing-is Denethor still alive when Boromir returns? How does that change things? Will he dare to defy his father? And whether Denethor's alive or not, what would Boromir's state of mind be? I'm thinking not too good. He's foresworn and failed to save Merry and Pippin.

I figure Aragorn would have done his healing thing for Boromir, then he and the others (or perhaps just he and Legolas) would have left to pursue Merry and Pippin. Boromir may be alive, but it's hardly a triumphal return! And foremost in his thoughts, I'm sure would be-what is Andra going to think when he hears?

And here's another cracker-jack scene for you-what would he say when he saw Frodo again?

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