I find Thorongil's staring at Finduilas to be disconcerting. It is so novel to see him from the point of view of people who don't think he is a Good Guy. I'm assuming Finduilas bears an uncanny resemblance to Arwen, from Thorongil and Mithrandir's responses to her?
11 May 04 12:55 PM
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Yes, though that is just the start of the matter. Given the visual parallels between Thorongil and Denethor, I've created another one between Arwen and Finduilas (drawing on the Elven blood in the line of Dol Amroth). That lays the foundation for more mirroring and doubling.
Maiaberiel and Denethor take swipes at each other throughout the story. This was just a taste of sibling savagery to come. The children of Ecthelion as a group are trouble. They are also all outstanding in their own way. Overacheivers-R-us.
Ecthelion is very much written against fanon type. It never made sense to me that he could be this bland, avuncular guy and have a son as extreme as Denethor. So, after reading one-too-many stories with Ward & June Cleaver raising the Spawn from Hell (TM), I decided to make him as tough and manipulative as Denethor - after all, the boy learned it somewhere.
However, there's also a history to Ecthelion. He's not a Bad Guy. To anyone outside his immediate family, he *is* thoughtful, wise, just, dependable, etc. His ugly side is reserved for his intimates, whom he believes have failed him - cold wife, deformed daughter, duplicitous son. Also, I gave him a flaw, lust, which is not in and of itself a horrible thing, but which cannot help but affect the realm, given his station. There's a lot of father-son issues that will ooze their way to the surface in subsequent chapters. Overall, he is a man poorly matched to his time, but who is doing the best he can. I have some plans for the character that will take some time to play out - there's further for him to fall, but also a hope for some kind of redemption.
Thanks for the comments!