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Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice  by Agape4Gondor 3 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 33 on 7/13/2010
At least at times he recognizes that he does wrong by Faramir. I am surprised, however, he didn't know where Amdir was laid to rest! Poor Denethor--Saruman appears to have prepared the ground for the seeds of distrust and disruption that Sauron intended to plant, and now they grow too, too well.

SurgicalSteelReviewed Chapter: 33 on 11/16/2006
Well, I'm enjoying this, and looking forward to more. I agree that PJ went over the top with Denethor's characterization. In his 'Letters' JRRT states that 'Denethor was corrupted by mere politics: hence his distrust of Faramir,' and I think you've characterized him in that way: Deeply suspicious of the wizard (with reason), deeply suspicious of foreigners, deeply suspicious of anyone that the people seem to hold in more affection than himself.

Interestingly, I don't think your characterization of Denethor and mine are terribly incompatible - it's just that my particular OFC would have never had reason to have seen any side of Denethor other than the official one, would never have had reason to see the loving husband and father.

Author Reply: I agree 100% with you portrayl of Denethor as seen by Serinde in The King's Surgeon... I'm very grateful that you are seeing what I had inteneded... that Denethor was a loving husband and father...

I wish I could understand exactly what Tolkien meant by that line 'corrupted by mere politics'- I did not see him, in LOTR, as corrupted... I saw a character who fought against extreme odds, extreme evil... and in the end... when he had given his very breath (his sons) - he collapsed.

RugiReviewed Chapter: 33 on 11/14/2006
Interesting (and melancholy) chapter. I really felt for Indis - her seperation from her husband and her inability to reach or help those she loves.

I am so impressed by how you manage to show Denethor's love for his sons while simultaneously showing how his relationship with them is being strained by his burdens (and the palantir). Particularly in Faramir's case, where Denethor's deep affection and abiding love are at war with failure of understanding and suspicion. You don't turn Denethor into a cruel man who doesn't love his child nor do you make him into a softy who suffered a lapse in judgment.

You also do good work with Faramir and Boromir - both in portraying their relationship and in revealing by their actions what their respective strengths are.

I am so excited to read more.

Author Reply: 10,000 thanks for your kind comments Rugi...

I don't believe any family decides to 'break apart' - I've seen it happen so many times in the RW...

My own family struggled but are finally reconciled... friends' families have gone thru 'change' also... and I pray they will reconcile.

The three men of Gondor did not have time to reconcile... just to survive.

The next four (and last) chapters are heart-breaking in the level of devastation of the line of the House of Hurin.

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