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Hethlin of Anorien

 February, 25 2006

I know CMC's a done deal, but since I intend to give it a thorough editing in the future, I'll include it in this thread, as well as make this a place for any other Heth questions not appropriate for the Silver Swan thread.

The Denethor discussion jarred my memory about something I'd wondered about a long time ago. The Witch King seems to know that Imrahil is in charge of the city -- but how did he know that a) Denethor was dead, and b) Imrahil assumed control?

I'm assuming that, unlike in movieverse, in the Unabeauverse Denethor did not go careening off the cliff in a ball of fire. He remained in the crypt, didn't he? So there's no way that the Witch King would have had access to knowledge of his death. And even if the WK perceived the absence of the Steward's control, why wouldn't he assume that Mithrandir (Gandalf) was in command? Wasn't the rationale Mithrandir gave for asking Imrahil to take over that the troops and/or the lords might balk at his leadership?

Related to a question I think Denise raised recently about when Imrahil and Mithrandir meet for the first time, I'm wondering if Faramir ever discusssed Mithrandir with Hethlin while they were in Ithilien? She didn't seem to be very awed or intrigued by him. Of course we've never seen them interacting -- it appears that they never exchanged words. Why, I wonder? Seems he'd have an interest in discussing her experience with the Witch King.

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