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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.
Ultimatums: In ch. 11, Andrahar says to Boromir: But if you should cause men to die defending you because you stupidly put yourself into peril as you did today, then you are no better than a murderer.
I wonder if Andra has similar thoughts about Imrahil's foolhardy exploits preceding Ultimatums. And if Imri winces inwardly at hearing those words.
In re-reading Ultimatums, I was struck with just how different Andrahar seems there in contrast to earlier in Kin-Strife or again in later stories. He is so... carefree is perhaps too strong, but he jokes with Imrahil and laughs a lot and so on. And I think this is because in the intervening years since K-S he has finally found a place, a home, a surety he did not yet have in K-S. And when we seem him later, all sorts of things will have happened to make him the grim man of his later years; Nimrien's death, Boromir, Adrahil's death, the imminent war. I like it a lot that you show this development; that it isn't simply a straight line, but a curve with ups and downs.
Did I tell already you how much I adore your Adrahil? If not, consider it told now *g*.
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