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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.
Just think how lovely it will all be for Imrahil if Heth finally agreed. Surely even a short time of true bliss would be worth a few years longing!
Ah, but you see, that's just it -- I'd rather that Imrahil not have to wait to find happiness! I'd rather that he not have to suffer an unrequited crush and put on weight and hit the bottle as he apparently has been doing for the last two years. I'd rather see him happily in love with someone who doesn't present a host of obstacles to overcome ... and it's not like Hethlin's personality and Imrahil's are so perfectly matched that it's inevitable that they'll end up together. It's not unlikely that they'll end up together, but it just doesn't seem inevitable, to me. He's lusting after her, but they don't have sparks of intrigue, annoyance, competitiveness, or self-discovery between them (unlike Hethlin and Elrohir -- not saying it has to be Elrohir but just comparing the two combinations). If Imrahil & Hethlin end up together, they'd have a nice relationship, I'm sure, and Imrahil will be psyched to finally get to sate his carnal needs with Hethlin, and she'll enjoy it for sure, but that's about it, as far as I can see. It would be a nice partnership, they'd be good to each other ... but well, I've said this all before. I just don't see this as a great love-match. So seeing Imrahil having to wait & suffer for years for a merely pleasant relationship -- with good sex, yes, but lots of compromises and worries about how choices affect one's partner -- doesn't sit well with me.
I'm actually rather disappointed in Imrahil. Hethlin's great, sure, but I'd be willing to bet that there are a lot of other really attractive, intelligent, worthy women in Dol Amroth, Gondor, or further afield who would be available *now*! He's savvy enough to recognize that Hethlin is not strongly drawn to him -- she likes him, she finds him attractive, she's certainly not indifferent to him, but it's obvious that he doesn't consume her thoughts. So I'm disappointed that he has chosen to ... mope isn't quite the right word, but chronic heavy drinking is not a great way to handle disappointment or frustration. Sure, I could see him hoping that as she matures Hethlin would become more strongly drawn to him -- and nothing wrong with hoping! But to cling so stubbornly to that, and in the meantime punish himself, seems very adolescent to me. And a little surprising, given the way he was in his youth! I like Imrahil a lot, and I'd rather see him happy sooner than later!
OK, back to exams. Soon they'll be finished!
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