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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.
So...in Unabeauverse the star brooch is given at the discretion of the Chieftain, whether or not the person has actually served with the Northern Rangers. From what Elrohir said, I gather that the only requirements are that the recipient has achieved a certain standard in fighting (and woodcraft?) skills, fought orcs and other creatures of evil, and has Northern Dunedain blood. Is that right?
That's it, pretty much. I figure Aragorn might be giving out more stars eventually, to some of the Ithilien Rangers. And doing a bit of an exchange program, sending Northern Rangers South and vice-versa.
Also, is the star brooch normally passed from father to son/daughter like Heth's? What happens when there's a second son who wants to become a Ranger?
They get a star of their own, and pass it to their children. The firstborn gets the original star. It's not graven in stone-if there was an uncle who had a star and had only daughters, he could give it to his nephew, things like that.
And since I'm on a roll, I wonder whether Heth actually ever serves with the Northern Rangers whose star she wears and learns whether it is similar/different to the Ithilien Rangers?
*ducks as nuzgul jumps out*
Maybe...(hands in pockets, whistling)
I hope that's not _too_ many questions?!!! XP
To quote my favorite wizard-"If the giving of information is to be the cure of your inquisitivness, I shall spend all the rest of my days answering you. What more do you want to know?" No, really it's not too many-I'm glad you're so interested.
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