Son of Ecthelion

Denethor - mementos

3. Author's notes

1) Many heartfelt thanks for beta-reading to nrink. All errors and faults yet to be found are mine.
2) I tried to use book!verse throughout. But in the pyre scene I succumbed to movie!verse to describe Faramir’s rescue because the book version is much longer and of higher complexity than I wished to use here in this ficlet.

As a time-line for Gondor I use the culture of the Roman empire around 350 A.D.. I read so many fics with medieval settings that I began to wonder why I felt them not to agree with my impressions from LotR. Then I read Tolkien’s letters, naturally with my selective mind-set, and I found many hints which I thought were more in agreement with my imaginations. Tolkien gave various hints in his letters where he saw Gondor in Mediterranean history. Thus I will use Tolkien’s letters as a guide to find a time-window in European history that could spawn my imagination.

Tolkien compared in his Letters Gondor to Byzantium (Letter 131), ancient Egypt (L211) and the Holy Roman Empire with Rome as capital (L294). IMO the Holy Roman empire is the Christian Roman Empire not of German nation, but the decaying Christian Roman Empire before the emperors court was moved to Ravenna (402 A.D. in the end stages of the Christian Roman Empire). But even if one compares Aragorn's enthronisation to the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire of German nation we are only in 800 A.D. (coronation of Charlemagne as emperor of the Romans).

My imagination is spawned when I use the echoes of European history in late-antiquity. In a work-in-progress essay I investigate my arguments for a time-window around 350 A.D.: Tolkien’s hints on Byzantium, ancient Egypt, and Holy Roman Empire with the capital Rome, ‘Homeric’ horsemen and Scythians, chain-mail and Anglo-Saxons, the necropolis Rath Dinen and ‘Stoningland’. From this background I can better build scenarios in my mind which I feel in agreement with LotR. Other fanfiction writers might find another view more interesting.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.


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Author: elanor of aquitania

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/08/05

Original Post: 06/26/04

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