Hi back, Aganaphel! Been missing your detailed reviews enormously.
The match – I couldn't understand why did Gimilzor chose such an unlikely bride as Zarhil, until there was this part about the curse of the northern line: that they never have sons. Cunning – wasn't it?
Well, you said most of it already: Gimilzôr liked the woman, and it was believed that she couldn´t have sons. The third reason was that she belonged to the line of Elros.
Hah. It´s kind of symbolical, really. Couldn´t marry her to his father, couldn´t marry her himself - so he married her to his son.
Ar Sakhaltor's piteous life and end are very touching, Maeve. Poor old King!
Thanks. I strongly wanted him to be pitiful, not hated.
Pity that I had to pile more crap upon Gimilzôr in order to achieve that.
What is this breast-feeding merchant girl, "Child of the Mother", needed for – a future bride for Gimilzor?
Hmm…I wonder about Inziladun's beard. Why did he choose to wear one? Just to be unlike all the others? Strange, that… I think his goal should have been just the opposite - to blend better into the crowd in Armenelos, to cede minor points in order to better preserve his major differences and secrets. Also, wouldn't his strong Elven heritage make him beardless – as the prince of Dol Amroth in LOTR?
Well - precisely! He was infamous because he had visions and saw the feelings of people. He had Elvish features (which almost got him killed when he was born). Wouldn´t it be advisable to wear a beard to hide them from the others and look inconspicuously human?
Also very important: Keeping his beard was a choice he made when he was a rebellious teenager, as a mark of austerity and a show of distance from the new ways of the Court. Later, he might have been keeping secrets, but he was still the leader of the political opposition. Wearing a beard was a discreet symbol for the policies that he advocated (returning to the old ways, favouring landholders over courtiers and intellectuals over priests).
Those things happen when people have to be careful about what they say. In Rome and Byzantium, you couldn´t go yelling your political support for someone in the streets without getting killed, but you could cheer for his team in the chariot races. Here it´s the same - just wear a beard. ;)
But in the Appendices and the Sil, Pelargir is just the opposite – the abode of the Faithful, while Umbar is the city of the King's men.
My version of that city has yet to change its name and its location. This announces a really big upheaval, doesn´t it?
I also have a story here and not a single review.Some people never have time or don't feel in the mood to leave a comment.
What? You have a story here? I checked months ago and I found no stories under your name. Dear... I´ll check it again as soon as I am able!
Thanks for your encouragement!