Kinship – Denethor POV – 2 of 6
In which Denethor deals with his relatives and their mutual love of Finduilas as he embarks on a great journey that will change him forever.
Denethor interacts with his biological and emotional families, with varying degrees of success. There is a little more information about his time in Umbar. See if you can find the reference to Emerson, and to a famous work of art.
This chapter, frankly, is mostly an infodump, though I could not resist a certain line. When you read it, you’ll know which one I mean.
The previous chapter was mostly dealing with his legitimate family, while this one deals with the side of the clan that can’t be acknowledged, yet is just as important to Denethor as the first set. His affection and respect for Marach and Ragnor is just as real as what he bore for his now deceased uncle Belemir.
I also delve into Thorongil’s political problems, though obliquely, through what Denethor can glean from the reports of others. Thorongil has learned a few lessons, and has ended up holding onto things he did not want or expect, and does not have what he thought he most wanted. Even so, he’s not really in a position to protest any of it. His last conversation with Finduilas has ripped off any rosy view he may have held about the prospects of him rising and reclaiming the throne. He knows, now, that he is not so much a rival to Denethor as the greatest danger to the High Warden – and thus to the stability and resilience of the kingdom. We’re going to see a somewhat different attitude from Thorongil from now on.