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Princes of Dol Amroth

 February, 25 2006

Questions about the life and times of Imrahil and his family can be asked here, including questions about Ultimatums, Kin-Strife and the shorter stories. Discussions about Brand can go either here or in the Best-Loved Son thread, since his stories sort of overlap both cycles.

I, too have some questions regarding Passages. I have arranged them in order of chapters.

Is there some symbolical reason for chosing this particular fairy-tale for Brand to tell, especially considering the detail it takes up in the narrative? I roughly know the original story, although I think it's far better known in the US than here in Germany, but I can't see a connection between the adventure in the fairy-tale and the children's tribulations.

How old are the other children? I never could determine it.

And if they somehow managed to get it done, well, he was of the blood of Numenor, wasn’t he? Such men could take themselves out of life and he would do that, if he could discover the way of it. He would return to Gondor whole, or not at all.
I don't quite understand the point Brand makes here. If he is thinking about suicide, surely for this he doesn't have to be Númenórean? Or does he make a distinction (morally, ethically, perhaps?)?

My suspicion about what Glorfindel might have said is along the lines of that all beliefs and cultures end up together in the end in the hand of the One. So that it doesn't matter that Boromir believes in the Valar and Andrahar does in the Sacred Fire and that the afterlife for each belief is thought to be separate. Am I close *g*?

"Perhaps one day in the future the whole truth of the man may be known."
Any plans to expand on that? Not that you need any more nuzgûls as it is...

Loved the reminder of Imri's morning-grumpiness. And darn, try as I might, I can't read anything from Heth's and his behaviour towards each other. It's just as friendly as ever, no clue as to what might have happened - or not happened - in the intervening 2 (?) years since Silver Swan. Is it only the hiatus during her training?

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