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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 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...
Oh, I see! Now that's an interesting point... *Mulls awhile.*
I suppose I’ve always assumed that it's not that Hethlin's attractiveness is not noticed, so much as I thought her masculine and/or odd traits tend to overwhelm most people, such that they ignore or discount it. Does that make sense? Put another way, I figured that the vast majority of Gondorians, of any class, tend to like their women to be "womenly." With someone like Heth, they have a hard time perceiving her as being at all feminine, and thus have a hard time appreciating that she is, in fact, good-looking - or if they do, it's unimportant given the context in which they view her. It's open to speculation, of course; we don't get too many opinions on her appearance besides the list you noted, except for Mablung calling her a handsome lass, and a comment somewhere that the people of Gondor's court dismissed Hethlin out of hand. (By the way, where does Amrothos comment on her? I'm blanking out on that one. Although you can add Eomer to the list, and Lothiriel seems able to get past Heth's tom-boyishness...)
So anyway, perhaps Brand’s fascination with Hethlin has “opened his eyes” to her physical attributes, since he is actually appreciating her more masculine abilities as opposed to being put off by them. Plus, he has actually seen her in a dress by this point. (“Hey, she is a girl!” *g*)
What do you think? Was that at all convincing? :)
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