Desiring – Finduilas POV – 1 of 4
In which Finduilas defends Denethor from a swan, an eagle, a demon, an archivist and himself.
Mostly, Finduilas resists the urge to whap a few people upside the head, no matter that they richly deserve it.
There are two fairly long political discussions in this chapter held between Adrahil, Luinil and Finduilas. These are opportunities to have Denethor’s actions described by someone who is critical of him, but not hostile (though that will change to some degree), and who is similarly observant about other political actors. It’s a way to consider Denethor outside of Finduilas’s biased perspective.
When she does finally rejoin Denethor, it is against the background of these words. As much as she loves him, she never loses the critical edge of a sharp and subtle political actor. She is as ready to rebuke him as to sympathize with him, which simply makes her even more irresistible to him.