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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 appreciate your dilemma. The basic problem comes from the fact that LotR is not a character-driven story. No one picks up Tolkien hoping for psychological insight into the choices people make--or if they do, they are misinformed.
The events do not flow from the choices the characters make. Rather, the characters are "iconic," in the manner of a heroic romance, and the events often illustrate rather the action of "fate" despite the characters' intent. Aragorn seems to be choosing to turn away from going to Minas Tirith to claim the kingship, but in reality he sets off on exactly the road that will get him there.
So, yes, I think the ultimate reason for the entire plotline between Lorien and Amon Hen is that Frodo must flee to Mordor alone, not just to prevent his capture by the Uruk-hai--but to set up the whole Sam-Frodo-Gollum story. If Aragorn had gone with them--why, the whole story would have dramatically changed on both sides of the river.
I read Tolkien for the story. I write fanfic for the characters. Ultimately, any of us who write in that way end up contradicting the good professor! Makes it a lot more fun, if you ask me.
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