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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.

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.

I think there's the training element to consider in this as well. The knights represent a certain ideal - the gentleman or lordly warrior. The Swan Knights are not simply there to impart information or techniques of battle - they are an institution that aims to form character along certain lines. So they demand a lot of their esquires - both in terms of their bearing up to hardship approximating war, but also in terms of their maintaining themselves as aiming at a certain lordly ideal that demands that they be more than merely efficient killers.

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.

I figure it's also fitting for his personality in general. He is a pilgrim in many ways - caught between (at least) two worlds, trying to find rest in something he can claim and be claimed by and that responds to his sense of what is right.

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

I now have to wonder just how hard Peloren was laughing into his hand at Andrahar's expense when Rahur eventually came along. It's kind of an amusing thought... *fling nuzgul in Isabeau's direction*


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