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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'm going to return to the question about Boromir's area of authority. This has been bothering me for a while. How much land is under direct control of the steward? I would assume that Cair Andros and Osgilliath garrisons, besides the city guard, are the majority of the "Gondorian Army", with the rangers being a seperate group under the general umbrella. In theory, since I know the defenses have been scaled back, would these forces also patrol Lamedon, Lossarnach, etc? I think I remember something about Imrahil extending his patrols into southern Gondor outside of his own lands. Since these lands have their own lords, Denethor couldn't have been to happy about what would have looked like Imrahil trying to take over his job and his vassals.

Does anyone know the way this works in the canon/unabeauverse? This is the way I thought of it, and I could be wrong.

In Gondor, the sub-areas are, as mentioned in "Minas Tirith":
Ringlů Vale
Pinnath Gelen
Dol Amroth/Belfalas/Dor-en-Ernil
+Lamedon without a lord

Minas Tirith

The fuedal relationship seems to be working backwards. The southern lands are sending troops, and I assume paying taxes, without getting the protection from Minas Tirith in return. The people of Anorien were angry, and they were only paying allegiance in words, since they seemed to have no real contact with the government. You would think that the loyalty of everyone else would be wavering. The pulling back of central authority, and the near-desertion of Anorien, Ithilien and Osgilliath, which must have been important parts of the kingdom, shows the waning of Gondor, but it must have accelerated under Denethor, which fits in with the pattern of him as isolationist. Aragorn would have had his work cut out for him, knitting it back into a Kingdom - not to mention adding Arnor, which hadn't been governed for centuries!

I tried to compare the list above to my map, making me add a few more questions onto this already long musing: Is Pelargir part of Imrahil's domain or an independent city-state? What about Lebennin, which gets plenty of mention, but doesn't seem to be sending troops?

Sorry about the long list! Its one of those things that has been lurking in the back of my mind, bothering me.


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