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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 asked: Question for Isabeau: Was this in fact in your mind, did you consciously "split up and distribute" the character traits of the parents to the children?
Not exactly. When I first wrote Heth's meeting with the Cygnets (I think it was CMC 12), I didn't know that Nimrien existed. I just knew that Imrahil was widowed. Lothiriel was going to be gracious and high-spirited and a proper lady, and I knew that Amrothos was going to be my Sherlock Holmes tribute. Poor 'Chiron took a little longer to come together as the naval captain. And by that time I was rather tired, and the easiest thing to do with Elphir (who was, of course, absent), was to just say that he resembled his father. Now I will say that I have played up their heritage from their parents since then, as they and Imrahil and Nimrien have all developed. But initially, it wasn't intentional at all.
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