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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.

Rebecca wrote: But I do think that Eowyn's courage in that one instance was braver than anything that Hethlin has done to date.

Hmmm... I think this will end up being one of those things we agree to disagree about. Please don't get me wrong - I definitely think that Eowyn was brave in facing the Witch King alone (with one little hobbit to aid her right at the end). But I think the crux for me is that she rode to battle in despair, seeking death, with no hope for herself or her future. Such a disregard for one's own self promotes a certain recklessness, which in a sense makes it easier to say, "Come on, you &%$*#@! Do your best - I'm ready to die!" Whereas Heth was injured and battle-worn, and heart-sore over Faramir's injury, but not in the depths of despair. To me, she faced the consequences with clearer eyes, and was not ready to seek her own death, and that would have made her decision to defy the WK harder.

This is, needless to say, my own very very humble opinion - though I think enough of it to foist it off on everyone else! Not having faced any situation with even remotely the same level of horror and fear, my analysis of the difference in their circumstances may be totally full of it. Plus, would both outcomes have been the same if their situations were reversed? My tendency is to say yes.

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