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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.

Good question! I'm pretty sure (without doing a lot of rereading) that Denethor was misled by Sauron. He was shown "truth" but only part of it (for example, black Corsair sails coming up the Anduin, but not that Gondor's salvation was on board). But I also had the impression that Sauron, being so much more powerful, had control over the palantir, something that would not be the case in his absence. Didn't Aragorn wrest control of the Orthanc palantir away from Sauron when he revealed himself as Elendil's heir somewhere in "Two Towers"? I did find in RotK Ch. 6 where Aragorn tells Pippin "the Palantir of Orthanc the King will keep, to see what is passing in his realm, and what his servants are doing." So it would seem to allude to Aragorn being able to see events he wouldn't otherwise know about. (He also alludes to Denethor's palantir being irrevocably damaged and showing only the image of burning hands and flames - does anyone know the explanation of how it became "altered" like that?) I assume Aragorn could also see people that he had no previous knowledge of. But again, things are always open to interpretation - you'd have to be careful about making decisions based solely on knowledge gained via the palantiri...

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