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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 don't think it nescesarily works backwards, just differently when there's a war on, look at London in WW2 the civilians all evacuated the cities and soldiers from all over the country joined up and went to the front, It just happens that in this case the front is in the city.

As for Boromir's authority, I think he was mainly in charge of dealing with the Frontire around Mordor and so for that he mostly commanded the Osgiliath garrison and I think he also delt with the training of the out companies to some extent, in one of the Drabbles he rides out with Andra and the Swan knights under the pretence of seeing how the trainiing is going so this is obviously not uncommon.

Looking at the numbers Tolkien mentions in the ROTK I don't think that the Soldiers in the City and osgiliath where anywhere near most of the army Imrahil brought 500 knights and 700 foot soldiers to Minas Tirith and the total of the rest of the outland forces is about 1300, although Tolkien mentions Forlong only brought 200 and they expected 10 times that many, so I think the solidiers of Minas Tirith and Osgiliath (including the rangers)are ony about 1/3rd of Gondors totall numbers of soldiers, however they don't all come, we only know the numbers that did so it could be as low as a quater.

I think Pelargir is seperate or allied to Minas Tirith if Anywhere, maybe it's a city without a Lord. Aragorn mentions fieths in Lebennin so maybe they don't have a grand overlord Like other places, don't they come with him or shortly after?

I dunno, that's my 2 cents

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