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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 finally got some time to catch up on your latest story, Passages. Great story!
One thing that I was very impressed with but didn't mention in my review yesterday is the thought Andra put into the question of allowing Hethlin to train as a Swan Knight -- the fact that she had the stomach for killing convinced him that she'd be a reasonable candidate for training. That had never occurred to me before, but of course it must be very relevant indeed to the success of a would-be warrior. No amount of training in swordplay and fighting tactics can guarantee that when that moment comes a fighter will be able to finish the job and carry on to do it again as necessary. And of course one might go too far the other way, by actually taking pleasure in killing. Definitely food for thought... and it makes me wonder: does Andrahar know all of Hethlin's history -- kidnapped, raped & tortured by orcs, had to watch them slaughter and devour her family? (please forgive me if this has already been asked, or even answered in CMC or Silver Swan -- my mind has been elsewhere!).
Congratulations on the MEFA's! And Happy New Year!
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