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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.

Rebecca wrote: 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.

I think that's a good point, and one I'd not considered, at least in regards to Lorend. He seemed more the court jester of the Rangers to me at first.

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.

Having to actually think about it, I think literacy is more prevalent in Gondor in my mind than in our actual medieval history. Definitely more common than in Rohan, which still has a strong oral tradition in the Unabeauverse. And I suspect that after Aragorn becomes king, it becomes more prevalent still. I'm thinking it's much more common in Minas Tirith than in rural areas, ergo Idren's family's illiteracy in Lossarnach Yule.

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.

I don't think that was ever put to her as a high-born issue. I think it was probably her mother who did most of her teaching and Liranael probably just always presented it as the way things were done up North.

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