Ch. 1 – Assumptions

Assumptions – Denethor POV

The start of an epic. The quotes that open the tale will be echoed at the very end. The Book of Job, Leviathan, Moby Dick and Othello; all are favorites of mine and each has something to say about the characters we are about to encounter.

The first is the challenge of the Powers, demanding to know why some mortal dares to question the way things are. With Hobbes, he points out that it is power (the sword) that makes men keep their covenants, and that it is power that secures peace. Melville begs us to look upon the twisted Ahab and try to see the man beneath the fury, one who has won the love of a young woman. Finally, Desdemona tries to explain why she would bind herself to this strange, fearsome man – she sees not the face, but the imagination behind it, and gives herself wholly to it.

Answering and exploring these four passages will take about 85 chapters.

In this chapter, we meet Denethor and Finduilas as they meet each other, along with a host of secondary characters, in particular Thorongil, Adrahil, Luinil, Aiavalë and Maiaberiel.



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