I just re-read this story, and enjoyed it just as much as I always do. High time to finally leave a review !
Why thank you! I'm glad you've enjoyed this one.
I think it fits well into Aragorn's personality that by helping others, he can help himself.
I think that's very central to the Aragorn I read and write - there's no movement unless it's with and towards others.
The picture you have drawn of Harad and its society, the tension between its own rich culture and honour on the one hand, and the demands of Mordor on the other, are complex, realistic, and fascinating.
Thanks! I love trying to fill in the Haradrim. They're such fun.
I have one question regarding the chronology: Is this happening after the betrothal, e.g. Aragorn went to Lórien, Rivendell and then back south?
Before the betrothal. I can't figure out Tolkien's timeline for Aragorn's travels. It just doesn't make sense to me. So I freely move him out of Gondor a year or so ahead of the chronology so that he can spend some time wandering around before returning to Lorien.
I have to admit, the epilogue makes me very curious to know what was happening with Indirkan in the intervening years. The things you allude to sound very intriguing. I would also like to know how Indirkan's father reacted to his son's choice.
I suspect Indirkan skipped town one night after telling only his sister he was departing.
Having read this story, I had to think of "Dynasty", too. Have you abandoned that story, or do you plan to finishing it one day after all? This is such an interesting story, and I would be sad to see it stalled just when everything is in place to really get things rolling...
I'd like to get back to "Dynasty," but I need to rethink it. It's on hold. LDID will be finished first, then I've got S&S and "Dynasty" to consider.
Thanks for your comments!