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Amid the Powers and Chances of the World

Areil - 05 Jul 09 - 10:23 AM

Ch. 27: Over the Land there Lies a Long Shadow

I just noticed a striking fact, our dear lad Pippin and Rowanna are of nearl ysame age

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Azalais - 05 Jul 09 - 12:40 PM

Ch. 27: Over the Land there Lies a Long Shadow

I just noticed a striking fact, our dear lad Pippin and Rowanna are of nearly same age

That's true, isn't it?  She's a couple of years older than he is.  Yet interestingly, even though people of Dunedain descent are generally at least as long-lived as hobbits, I never think of Rowanna as in any sense a "tween" though that's definitely where Pippin is.

Perhaps that's as much a reflection of her upbringing - losing her father at a very early age, living independently with her mother, then developing her own livelihood as a horse-breeder - as of her calendar age. 

I certainly tried quite hard, when writing the chapters in Minas Tirith where Rowanna and Pippin interact a lot, to make sure she wasn't patronising him.  They're good friends; I think she feels older than him, and she tries to encourage and comfort him where necessary, but actually that's fairly mutual...

You're romping through the chapters, anyway! See - I told you you'd be caught up in no time!

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Aiwendiel - 28 Mar 12 - 7:33 PM

Ch. 27: Over the Land there Lies a Long Shadow

Very realistic, her arrival in Minas Tirith, the jumbled throng of the city about to be besieged, finding help from the boys of the Lampwrights street, her mother's mysterious illness... And so cleverly done to bring her to the Houses of Healing and cross paths with Pippin. I really like how again yu show us familiar events through the eyes of one outside the main action-- nice touch, her catching that flash of white light from off the Pelennor!

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