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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.
Imhiriel wrote: I re-read "Liquid Numbers" for the MEFAs a few days ago, and just now thought back on it as a question popped into my head: If Akilah is indeed Amrothos' future bride, I would very much like to know how her and Andra's relationship develops. Has she the usual prejudices against him? Does she accept him as "Adrahil's son"? Does she know anything about him beforehand in the first place? And what does Andra say - does he readily accept her learning as he has previously accepted the learning of Gondorian women like Finduilas and Nimrien? And what about her father? etc.
I'd be curious if you have already mapped out some of this and if so, whether you'd like to share it here.
Actually, I hadn't really thought about it. I suspect that that's because Andra doesn't make commentary on who Imrahil's sons marry-he might be an honorary uncle, but it's Imrahil's job to approve or disapprove. If Amrothos marries Akilah, she will be regarded by Andra as a Princess of Dol Amroth and not a woman of Harad. As you said, Nimrien was bookish and that did not bother him, so I don't think he would be taking Akilah to task for her odd ways-he'd probably figure she fits right in and it's just as well she picked a Gondorim to marry!
The only circumstance in which I can see Andra expressing disapproval would be if one of the boys' wives were cheating on them. Because that's a slur on their honor and he would not abide that.
As far as Akilah goes, no one who moves in highly placed circles in Harad is ignorant of who Andrahar is-he's pretty much a legend at this point. She would indeed accept him as Adrahil's son and probably be both cautious and respectful in the extreme as regarded her conduct towards him. I think in time that she would relax a bit, particularly when she saw how he and Amrothos got along.
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