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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.
Plus, would both outcomes have been the same if their situations were reversed? My tendency is to say yes.
I think you're right there, Denise. And I take your point about Eowyn and Hethlin's repsective states of mind when they were each confronting the Witch King. I don't feel as strongly about Eown's bravery being greater than Hethlin's on the Pelennor as I do about whether or not Hethlin & Imrahil would be a good match. ;)
I do think that there is a difference between choosing to act and acting in a situation that you've been forced into, but when you factor in their mindsets it becomes more difficult to say that one act was greater than the other in terms of courage. I think Eowyn's mindset from Dunharrow through her healing in Minas Tirith is a hard nut to crack. Hethlin's is more clear to us, and definitely attests to her courage. So, let's say that so far they're different, but equal?
And this is not to say that I think that they will always be equals in courage. Living a traditional woman's role still has plenty of opportunities to show courage of different kinds, but I'd be willing to bet that, as they go through life, Hethlin's acts will outstrip Eowyn's on the bravery front.
Oh, Denise, good call on the italics. Weird when they go wonky!
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