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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.

Hey Denise!

Thanks a lot for undertaking that little bit of informal verification! Yeah, it was just this little nagging thing: I don't think that Hethlin is anything close to a Mary Sue, but that one passage kind of jarred me, because I thought it was weird that most of the really good main male characters in the story (Imrahil, Amrothos, Elrohir, Faramir, and now Brand) all think that Hethlin is attractive but her beauty is otherwise unnoticed... I could believe that without batting an eye from the adult males (who, after all, have the benefit of experience to aid their discernment). But in my admittedly limited experience with pre-adolescent boys, I've observed that they seem to recognize the standard versions of beauty that exist in their culture, but aren't usually attuned to more exotic or subtle kinds of beauty in the opposite sex ... and so it just seems kind of weird to me that Brand would notice Hethlin's attractiveness (as opposed to her impressive fighting skills, which of course he'd be all over), and would call her "pretty." Boys' limited vocabulary regarding things of beauty is the best explanation I could come up with(which would be especially true of a boy whose formal education is still quite patchy)... but my doubts remain. Not a big deal really but just thought I'd put it out there.

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