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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: I realize that the Gondorians didn't have a lot of knowledge about their northern kin at that time, but surely Faramir would have perceived that Hethlin's education was unusual.
Ah, but she's so unusual in so many respects, I have to wonder if he just doesn't think it part and parcel of the package. I'm sure he thinks Halaran had some very eccentric ideas about child-rearing...;-)
Anyway, regardless of whether or not her literacy could have or should have been a clue to Hethlin and others about her family's status, I would imagine literacy would have given her (and Lorend) something in common with Faramir that would have made it easier for him to relate to them, thus accounting for their rather intimate knowledge of Faramir's relationship with his father. Unless it was the case that all or most rangers could read -- and maybe they could. Gondor had fallen since the days of its Numenorean founders, but maybe not *that* much.
I'm thinking that there are more literate Rangers than literate regular army. I don't know why-perhaps because they do so much scouting and intelligence work.
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