Raksha The Demon
20 Jul 04 10:55 PM
Reply To: 29143
I would doubt very much that Finduilas had all the responsibility for caring for her children. She would have had nurses and tutors. Also, I doubt that she would have helped to run Gondor; I see Denethor as very controlling in his leadership, and I don't see Finduilas as being very interested in ruling or administering, except perhaps doing some good works at the Houses of Healing.
What killed Finduilas? There are lots of possibilities. I'll list some.
1. Complications from Faramir's birth, say an infection that led to something worse, or weakened her so she was physically vulnerable. This has been used in fanfiction, I think, to help explain why Denethor has "issues" with Faramir.
2. An actual physical illness unrelated to childbirth that wouldn't have that many obvious signs.
3. Emotional problems that caused or coincided with physical problems. This idea lends itself to the supposition of an unhappy marriage. I see Denethor as adoring his wife, but it could be that he didn't understand her very well, or have any time to spend with her. She could have started down the road of depression, missing time with her husband, feeling terribly isolated; and then taken to drinking, and eaten less and less. I know someone who killed herself slowly, not meaning too, like that; but she didn't have a husband or children.
4. Hmm. Now I'm wondering about opium addiction. Say Finduilas had some residual pain or infection from Faramir's birth, and became addicted to some pain-killing substance, and couldn't kick the addiction and it killed her.
5. A mystical problem. What if Finduilas, being a sensitive woman and having a smidgeon of Elven blood, was being besieged by Sauron in her dreams or something like that? Denethor was using the palantir soon after Ecthelion's death, so Sauron might well have divined his love for Finduilas as a 'weakness' and decided to destroy him by driving Finduilas crazy or to her death. Or it could be that the proximity to Mordor had an extremely depressing effect on the poor woman.
I personally see Finduilas as an emotionally strong woman, given the character of her sons. But let's not forget Aragorn's mother, Gilraen, who also seemed to suffer from loneliness and depression...