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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 agree that in any society like Gondor's, the relationships of its highborn will be public knowledge. People are interested in that stuff, whether it's a feudal-type society or the modern world of today.

It seems to me that, in addition to their riding abilities, Loren and Hethlin's relative intimacy with Faramir might also be due to the fact that they are both literate. Lorend, it seems, has had some exposure to material wealth and also possibly aspects of sophisticated culture like literature. And Hethlin is sufficiently literate that Faramir can teach her to read in a foreign language (Elvish). Despite their youth and inexperience, is it possible that Lorend and Hethlin might be part of the small group of people in Faramir's inner circle because they can "get" him to some extent? For all the Hethlin thinks of herself as a rough country bumpkin, her literacy surely must set her apart from the average Anorien homesteader or rank-and-file Ithilien Ranger.

Or do you see literacy as being more common in Gondor, Isabeau? I think we were discussng this earlier in the Monster Thread, although I can't recall what the answer was. I was wondering how it was that Hethlin didn't already know that her parents were probably high-born, or at least more so than their neighbors in Anorien, given their education and the fact that they made sure that Hethlin was at least minimally educated.

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