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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.
"Before we entered into the Citadel proper, I shook my two supports off, and hissed at them, “Say nothing of this! You know the Lord Denethor-he’ll keep Lord Faramir on his feet half the night like an erring child, questioning all his actions, berating him for what he cannot help-that he is not more like his brother Boromir. He’ll get no rest at all if he is worried for any of us.”
This is from the first chapter of CMC, and when I was looking at the revised edition, it struck me that maybe I should bring up here what I've always wondered whenever I've reread the chapter - how does Hethlin know this pattern of behavior between Denethor and Faramir? It's not something that either the Steward or either of his sons would discuss with the Rangers. And what Hethlin is speaking of - Denethor keeping Faramir on his feet half the night (which is very typical Denethor, it seems to me) - would not take place in front of the Rangers. Is the Citadel filled with gossips who transmit the information all the way to Ithilien?
Just being a killjoy here. It's still a great, scene-setting chapter.
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