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Story meme

 November, 11 2005

Future histories


Here is a meme that did the rounds on LJ recently; not only was it fun, it was a source of ideas:

Ask me what happens after the end of one of my stories.

Hi Raksha - sorry it's taken me so long to answer, I've had a crowded timetable the past couple of weeks.

I wonder what happened after the end of Spirits of the House. I know it's AU, but do you think Denethor would have survived the war? Would Faramir have still been wounded, fallen under the spell of the Black Breath and then been saved by Aragorn?

I confess I figured the most likely outcome was still Denethor's death. But this time a glorious death in battle, like Theoden's, probably on the Pelennor or perhaps at some point during the siege before the Rohirrim arrived. Perhaps they would both lie in state side by side in the White Tower. Whether or not he sees Thorongil again before his death, I'm not sure.

I agree so much with your reading of the dynamics between Ecthelion-Denethor-Boromir that I'm not sure I have anything else to add! This bit in particular:

I see Ecthelion as a good man, but not a particularly subtle one or necessarily a deep thinker, someone who would have loved his son, but been unsure of how to deal with the very bright, uncannily perceptive, and seemingly cold, rather freaky kid.

I think the theory that Boromir is 'safe' and not a rival is a very persuasive one; Denethor clearly does react strongly to perceived rivals - Thorongil, Mithrandir, Sauron! I think the differences between these rivals become tragically blurred in his mind.

One of his saddest lines must be when Gandalf comes for Faramir: "Do not take my son from me, he calls for me."

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