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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.

Imhiriel wrote: Judging from the guild member, it is not really necessary to have enough land to get a seat on the council, it could also happen because of special knowledge or because of merit. Do yo have any preference to Brand's seat being because of land rather than merit alone? Or is it both?

Both, I think. I suspect the Council has a few seats that are always filled by specific people-the lords of the major regions of Gondor, and possibly the Captain-General of the army when he's in town, and some that the king fills at his own discretion. Since Brand is not a lord of a major region, he's probably one of a bunch that Aragorn could have chosen from. It's actually probably merit/birth in his case rather than merit/land. Sometimes I think these things through after the fact, when someone asks about them. They lurk in my subconscious but I don't really sort them out until I get an inquiry.

What I forgot to say in my review is that I very much like the fact that Imrahil didn't know Raksandhar before making his move, that is was because of his general sense of justice rather than personal acquaintance.

Thanks! I'm glad you liked that-I felt pretty strongly that it should be the case. Like you, I wanted Imrahil to be acting upon behalf of all of Harad rather than just because he liked one nice young lord.

I like the notion that Andra leaves Nightshade to Brand. But he should be buried with a sword, it seems fitting. Maybe one he used before Nightshade? Or one Glorfindel gifted to him?

I think Andra would want a blade as special as Nightshade to be used. It sat in an armory for so long as it was. I don't think Glorfindel gifted him with a sword-it was too short an acquaintance and too personal a gift, almost insulting if you think about it, for Andra's blade is clearly something quite special. But he certainly could have been laid to rest with his original issue Swan Knight blade, or as is more likely, one of the nicer ones they issue officers. I think that is what he probably would have preferred, the more I think about it. I contemplated at one point having Brand end up with Starfall, the Numenorean blade, but I'm thinking that Andrahar might petition Imri to give that to Liahan, whose family is well-pedigreed but not well-moneyed. He's a swordsman worthy of a blade like that. And strangely enough, the mysterious Elven blade ends up with Erchirion. And saves his bacon on a voyage that I might end up writing closer to Halloween.

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