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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.
On the foreshadowing, I think I am overzealous in my naming it such, because I agree with you - their writing is natural and flowing, and never seems to force a certain character development or situation. I didn't initially read the line in question and think, "Oh, she's definitely trying to tell us something here." At least, not until I became a rabid Heth/Imrahil puller, and started rereading things with an eye for "clues"... *another sheepish grin*
My personal impression about the Unabeauverse Plan is that Isabeau and Altariel have a general goal in mind for their characters - that such-and-such is expected to happen at a certain time, for example. (Case in point: Hethlin will become a Swan Knight.) But the path that the characters take to get there is pretty open, and sometimes unexpected things come along (like Elrohir and Heth becoming lovers) and they follow their muses. They are such good writers that they manage to make even the unexpected seem... well, expected. An excellent example is Andrahar hitting Hethlin in DAY. When I first read that, I thought - NO WAY. Then Isabeau writes Reparation, and not only does his striking out fit into character, but by the end of the story his powerful sense of honor has been reasserted. I guess what I am trying clumsily to say is that their writing and treatment of their characters is always consistent. To me this consistency - and their general but not Hamfisted desires for the plot - is what perhaps gives an impression of hints and foreshadowing, when such may or may not be deliberately placed.
Of course, I think you pretty much said the same thing. This is just my perhaps slightly altered take on it...
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