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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.
Thanks, Rebecca. I think about Finduilas quite a bit even though she is a minor character in most of the Unabeauverse writings, because I struggle to understand her. I don't really know much about the psychology of abusers and their abused. She comes from a kind and loving family, and what we see of her in Kin-Strife shows someone who is not reserved or thinks little of herself. If Soledad's version is carried over, she had the courage to blackmail Aragorn, who even as a young man must have been imposing and had her father-in-law's favor. From this she decends into despair strong enough to commit suicide, and struggles even to protect her children. I know part of it is probably related to being so close to the Shadow of Mordor. And the day-by-day worsening of hers and Denethor's relationship was likely gradual enough that she didn't realize for some time just how badly it had gotten. And surely she felt it was her duty to stand by Denethor during such dark times. But still!!
As a total sideline to this, I do like that Faramir gave Hethlin one of Finduilas' books. I enjoy that connection between Imrahil's beloved sister and the woman he loves now. I think it's another irony that the book's first owner gave in to despair, while the last owner has undergone such horrific trials and has never given in yet. I'd like to see the scene where Imrahil learns that Heth has it, in fact.
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