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 May, 4 2007

A journal for discussion of the story "Reconciliation."


Just what the hook says. I will try actually to reply to any comments in this journal.

Everyone is in over their heads, including the masters. The age thing is an interesting question for me. I assume that although the Gondorians have a more prolonged childhood, they are of age, and they are old enough to fight and die for their country, as well as, should their parents die, become the effective rulers of their fiefs (well, those of them who are their families' heirs). They live in a society where most people do backbreaking labor most of their lives just to survive, and where, adult or not, you're doing an adult's work by the time you're fifteen, most likely. To me, that suggests that a 21 year-old can be placed under more and more serious obligations than a 21 year-old in the modern world. Granted, the esquires are not as mature as they might be, but they're mature enough to be expected to try to act like adults.

I second this. The Haradrim let twelve-year-olds join the army, and Andrahar was certainly considered a man grown at sixteen when he encountered Imrahil. I've never established a formal age of majority in Gondor, but informally I think there is an expectation that by the time you are sixteen you are starting to assume a man's place-by eighteen definitely. You can enlist in the Gondorian army at sixteen.

Idren, in Lossarnach Yule, is only fourteen, but as the sole man of the house is expected to begin acting as such. He lives in a rural community and I suspect that there adulthood comes a bit earlier than among the nobility. But even among the high and mighty you don't have the sort of protracted childhood we have today-an eighteen-year-old might be considered to be a clueless adult with little real experience, but adult he is and expected to act as such in most matters. Brand is only fourteen as well, but he is beginning to move into the adult world.

Where do you find the translation of Andrahar's name

I made it up. To my knowledge, Isabeau has never said what it means, or that it means anything at all. But it's definitely not Sindarin or any derivative of Sindarin; it's Haradric.

I never said what it meant, but I like this perfectly well. Since most Gondorians think all Haradrim are the bad guys and Andra is working for the good guys, it's rather fitting.

Bhraina does appear in later chapters, though Andrahar's horse doesn't have nearly as much personality as Peloren's does. Bhraina just doesn't have the sort of importance for Andrahar's affective life that Lightfall does for Peloren's.

Or anywhere near as much personality as his later mount Rahur. But there's such a thing as too much personality!

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