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Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice  by Agape4Gondor 3 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 27 on 7/10/2010
Looking into the Enemy's own stronghold was a far worse mistake than that of Faramir, coming to know and trust the Wizard Mithrandir!

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 27 on 7/13/2006
Intriguing -- Denethor is beginning to show the same sort of paranoia that troubled Ecthelion, only directed at Adrahil this time. He seems to treat Adrahil as a foreign ruler. I wonder what the relationship of Dol Amroth to the rest of Gondor is. Certainly, the Prince of Dol Amroth is a poo-bah of nearly equal rank to the Steward, and that may make Denethor feel threatened all on its own.

And yet Adrahil has enough loyalty to show up for Boromir's ceremony and present him with some very valuable antiques. If the sword and baldric are indeed of Elven make, and no one in Gondor has seen an Elf since the Last Alliance, then those items must be millennia old and of superb workmanship to be in such usable condition after all these years.

Faramir has found himself a friend, I see. This does not bode well for his relationship with Denethor.

Author Reply: You might be right about the paranoia - but I considered poor Adrahil's response to Finduilas' death. It must have been terribly hard on him. I cannot believe Denethor and his relationship was strengthened by the death - death usually either brings families closer or further apart... I think the family of Denethor was torn asunder by her death.

As for their relationship - I consider Belfalas a fiefdom of Gondor - therefore, under control of the Steward. So even though Adrahil's title is Prince, I think Gondor ruled Belfalas and Adrahil answered to the Steward (as holder of the Rod until the King came).

I remember vividly the comments that Beregond (?) makes to Pippin when the armies from the lands and fiefdoms come to help Minas Tirith. They are few because their rulers felt they needed to guard their own lands. That thinking threatened Gondor and therefore threatened Denethor.

As for Faramir and the wizard - well, it will not be pretty!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 27 on 6/26/2006
Wonderful description of Boromir's swearing the oath, and Denethor's justifiable pride.

And Faramir first meets Mithrandir - a fateful event written very well, with Faramir as a curious, laughing child intrigued by the wizard's kindness as well as his fascinating hat.

I like Faramir shown as an often impatient, active little boy anxious to ride a real horse again, as well as a child who loves to read.

Author Reply: Thanks Raksha for the kind words. I am, as you know, still not quite sure about Faramir - the muse whispers; she is hard to hear sometimes!

I loved the thought of the hat with Faramir - I'm glad you enjoyed it too. But I did feel for Boromir - still young, still wanting to be part of the whole fun thing - but knowing his father's orders and having to obey them. I'm glad Faramir is still young enough to enjoy life. Doesn't last long enough.

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