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Hands of the King

Rugi - 06 Nov 06 - 4:35 PM

Ch. 53: Smoke

I am so glad I found this story.  You do such a good job of portraying a younger Denethor - the seeds of the man he will become are there and I enjoy how you handle the character.  I also like your interesting take on his relationship with Finduilas - they are unusual people living an unusual life and you show that well.  I also love how the many secondary characters enrich the plot (which is so complicated and interesting that I am really impressed by that alone).  I look forward to more.

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Anglachel - 10 Nov 06 - 7:16 PM

Ch. 53: Smoke

Hi Rugi,

I'm sorry I didn't answer sooner. It's been a busy week.

I am so glad I found this story. You do such a good job of portraying a younger Denethor - the seeds of the man he will become are there and I enjoy how you handle the character.

:) It has been both a joy and a challenge to "find" Denethor and let him speak with a true voice. It is easy to caricature him - either as a malicious villain or as clueless oaf - so the question was how to allow him his very real and sometimes disturbing flaws along with powerful blind spots, yet have him remain a rounded character.

I also like your interesting take on his relationship with Finduilas - they are unusual people living an unusual life and you show that well.

I *loathe* the typical fandom story which has Finduilas as some kind of abused or neglected woman who leads a fundamentally unhappy life. It is so stereotyped. It also doesn't really provide a reason for Denethor to love her. A doormat is not interesting to be around. Her world may be circumscribed compared to Denethor's, but here is a person who is a force to be reckoned with. She's a cross between Caterina Sforza and Isabel Archer, and a woman capable of capturing and holding Denethor's desire.

I also love how the many secondary characters enrich the plot (which is so complicated and interesting that I am really impressed by that alone).

Well, um, yeah, and there will be more of them. ;-) The side plots are more than half the fun. It does get somewhat Dickensian.

I look forward to more.

If my writing continues, I should have another chapter next weekend. Thanks for the comments!

Ang

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Agape4Gondor - 11 Nov 06 - 11:29 AM

Ch. 53: Smoke

Ooh! What blind spots do you see? 

And I agree... this is an intense, thought-provoking ride you are taking your readers on!

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Larner - 13 Apr 08 - 8:36 AM

Ch. 53: Smoke

So this indeed begins and ends with smoke--the fairly benign smoke of Shire pipeweed (and I love that it was indeed Shire pipeweed that was offered the Steward-to-be) first smoked by Gandalf then by Thorongil and at last himself; continuing with the dark smoke staining the ruins of Osgiliath, and ending with the black smoke of blasphemy from Umbar.  Yes, the ships there need to be burnt--a counter-sacrifice, perhaps.

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