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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.
I don't think the foreshadowing is definitive about anything except Imrahil falling for Hethlin. (And I didn't mean to imply otherwise!) Even if he doesn't hook up with Heth in the end, I was sure that "Fin" would be a good big sister and ride him mercilessly about his attraction to someone young enough to be his granddaughter.
Ohhhh, I see. Sorry, my mistake -- from the questions you were asking about Hethlin's possible daughter, etc., I got the sense that you were sifting through the "past" and "future" of the time described in CMC/Silver Swan for signs that Hethlin was destined to be a part of Imrahil's future. And it looked like you'd finally gotten confirmation of that! But you're right, now that I re-read what you said, and Isabeau's reply, that's just one possibility. And of course, we all know that Hethlin is part of his future, regardless of whether they actually end up together.
I kind of get the sense that Isabeau isn't being coy with us, that she hasn't worked out an elaborate storyline well in advance that she's just feeding us slowly, piece by piece. Her stories feel like they evolve with the characters, that the characters are not necessarily on a pre-ordained trajectory where every chapter just connects the dots to an ending that was known from the start. Perhaps I'm wrong about the way Isabeau writes, but I like the sense that things are more open-ended. I think it makes the stories more interesting! I don't like it when authors strew their writing with Big Hints About Future Developments, as the plot's direction is often painfully obvious without the Significant Foreshadowing. Don't find that in Isabeau's stuff, fortunately.
If Heth is not for Imrahil, let me restate the fervent wish that he does find someone to bring him happiness. Angst makes for good reading, but Imrahil deserves a break by the end!
Amen to that!
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