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The Princess and the Horse Lord

Bardess - 26 Feb 06 - 3:39 PM

Ch. 4: At the Morannon

The pre battle banter is 'Shakespearean,' but I am not sure it serves a direct purpose in the direct plotlilne of getting Eomer and Lothiriel together.  The nuggets I picked out of the fireside chat were 1. Amrothos looked vaguely familiar and 2. Imrahil had a 'prince to prince' chat with young Eomer as an equal.  His stock is rising.

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The Princess and the Horse Lord

oshun - 26 Feb 06 - 4:59 PM

Ch. 4: At the Morannon

Bardess:

  Thanks for your thoughts on the "Morannon" chapter as well. In regard to your point: The pre battle banter is 'Shakespearean,' but I am not sure it serves a direct purpose in the direct plotline of getting Eomer and Lothiriel together.

Someone complained about the segment being bawdy-without-point, another reader told me that she thought she would have been thinking of her home and family. I told her that I probably would have been too, but my point was that these young men found that too painful, so they used this banter as distraction.

Moving the story along per se was not my intent here; I wanted to use the segment to frame a particular time and place and convey a sense of the reality of experience itself from Éomer's POV. It is also useful to me as a small introduction to Lothíriel's brothers as individuals. You must know by now how much I respect your comments. But I like this chapter and we will have to agree to disagree on this point. (Please don't stop commenting—in my author's notes, I refer to you specifically as one of my readers who tries to "keep me honest." And I don't want to lose that.)

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