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|Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice by Agape4Gondor||3 Review(s)|
|Larner||Reviewed Chapter: 22 on 7/10/2010|
|He knows her weaknesses too well, it appears. He is in a no-win situation even with his wife, although her concerns are more reasonable than those of his father.|
|French Pony||Reviewed Chapter: 22 on 7/4/2006|
|I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with Ecthelion here, but I think he's on to something when it comes to Finduilas. Her physical frailty and reticence reminds one of Melanie Hamilton, but she lacks the unbreakable steel spine that made Melanie the survivor she was. Finduilas also strikes me as a woman who had more help than was good for her in raising the boys -- motherhood tends to make women more confident and sure of themselves, but Finduilas has gone in the opposite direction, unable even to face reading to wounded soldiers or hearing the truth about Denethor's wound. She may be beautiful, but a steel magnolia she ain't.|
|Raksha The Demon||Reviewed Chapter: 22 on 4/23/2006|
|Poor Finduilas is quite the nervous-Nellie type, isn't she. I tend to agree with Ecthelion that she's not suitable as a future Steward's wife. It's sad the way she is crumbling under various pressures; Denethor needs and loves her, but it's obvious that she isn't going to stay the course - the question is how long she can endure it.|
Author Reply: I really don't see, Raksha, how any sane person could live in the circumstances that the people of Gondor lived.
To have constant death on your doorstep, to look with envy at long-lived creatures, to have the mountain always before you, belching fire and smoke and ash...
Boromir's discourse at the Council of Elrond screams of the futility and horror of life in Gondor.
I can see someone from the beauty of the coastlands succumbing to despair. I hope I haven't made her too pathetic.
Thank you so very much for reading.