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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.
I'm inclined to agree with obsidianj-in Lossarnach Yule the fact that Faramir doesn't have his father's favor is common knowledge even in Lossarnach! I also think you may have to lay some blame at Mablung's feet. He's been around long enough and at a high enough level to have seen some of this, as have Angrim (Angrim certainly, since he's basically Denethor's man!)and some of the other senior Rangers. And their love and respect for their Captain being what it is, I imagine they're none too happy about it and they discuss it among themselves from time to time.
Now I may be a bit non-canonical with my Faramir in his stand-offishness, but the way I see it is that while all of his Rangers follow him gladly, there is nonetheless a small core of officers and others that are the inner circle, as it were, that he lets a little closer than the rest. And Heth and Lorend, despite the fact that they're not officers, are in that inner circle. So Mablung may have talked about it to them. Lorend, despite his cavalier ways, is very capable of keeping a confidence, as is Hethlin. And Lorend and Hethlin might actually have been privy to at least example at one time or the other-they are the two whom Faramir choses to use as couriers most often because they're good riders. They could very well have escorted him to Minas Tirith on other occasions besides the opening in CMC. Certainly Hethlin seems wary of the Steward for some reason.
I can see why you would question it, Raksha, but it just doesn't feel like a plot hole to me.:-)
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