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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.
Imhiriel wrote: Not necessarily an objection to your analysis - in fact we do see precious little of a Gondorian cavalry - but they are there. In RotK, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields, it says:
Under the south walls of the City the footmen of Gondor now drove against the legions of Morgul that were still gathered there in strength. But the horsemen rode eastward to the succour of Éomer: Húrin the Tall Warden of the Keys, and the Lord of Lossarnach, and Hirluin of the Green Hills, and Prince Imrahil the fair with his knights all about him.
So Húrin, who lives in MT itself, is especially mentioned among all those other lords from the outlying fiefs as commanding a cavalry troop.
Granted, but if I recollect they also say that they don't have much cavalry and that's why they are really, really hoping the Rohirrim show up. And if you recollect, Gandalf was worried about how Shadowfax would be cared for since the Gondorrim weren't all that good with horses. I've often wondered where they did put all of Imri's chargers, and the other outland lords as well.
I remembered that Forlong was on a horse, though I think for some reason that some of his men were footmen as well. He's always intrigued me, because he almost seems like an Easterling with that big axe. But I'd forgotten about Hirluin. He lives not all that far from Imrahil, I wonder if the two of them worked together with their cavalry, or if perhaps Imrahil had even helped him build his up.(drop-kicks plot-bunny far, far away)
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