I'm a September baby. It's been a long time since I was active in the Birthday Cards forum, but I've got some burning questions that I'd like to throw out there as a Birthday challenge. There are some gaps in the canon which sorely try my imagination, and I'd like to see what others can make of them. You can answer any way you wish, including writing an AU, or take off in any way from the particular gap in question.
1. Why did Elwing throw herself off a cliff instead of sticking around to protect her two small sons from the Kinslaying sons of Feanor? What on earth did Elrond make of his mother's actions?
2. What did they really talk about in the White Council? In particular, I am intrigued by the evident fact that Saruman did not know that the Heirs of Isildur still lived in the North, and Gandalf by his own admission never told his boss about his suspicions, and, later, sure knowledge that the Ring had been found. In fact, it seems like nobody ever told Saruman anything, while complaining that he didn't tell them anything. What a dysfunctional council of the wise....
3. Speaking of not telling people things, why didn't Faramir mention to his dear old dad that he had heard from the Halfling in Ithilien that the Sword of Elendil was on its way to Minas Tirith, borne by a man claiming to be the Heir of Isildur? After all, his entire company of Ithilien Rangers had heard this news, too, and you would think the story would be going around. Did Faramir tell Denethor the news in private, away from Mithrandir's ears, for whatever reason? Or did he just keep entirely silent? And why?
I hope you find these questions inspiring! Thank you!