Fortress – Finduilas POV – 6 of 6
In which there is a visit paid, a warning given, a dance performed, a challenge issued, a dream recounted, an apology offered, a seduction continued, a vision intrudes, a plan hatched and a soul transformed. Pretty much in that order.
And this chapter probably isn’t safe for work – depending on the kind of place you work, of course.
Mr. Snarly finally has to deal with his intimacy issues. Heh.
On the one hand, he is madly in love with her. On the other, he has spent his entire life intellectualizing all of his erotic feelings and impulses, as well as avoiding emotional connections to most of the people around him. Aiavalë and his grandfather are the only people who have been able to be as close to him as Finduilas. At some level, he can’t act towards her in a carnal way. That is the barrier he has drawn between himself and his father – he fucks, I don’t.
It does not have to do with female purity, either, which was a difficult construct to avoid. There is no concept of original sin as we understand it in Middle-earth. There is a natural modesty, there is the idea of eternal soul-bonding, but you don’t have an explicit dichotomy between lustful males and chaste females. Both genders, as long as uncorrupted by Shadow, are happily horny with their proper mates.
There’s also a power trip going on here. Denethor is making Finduilas beg. He’s keeping himself in control by not allowing himself to be in the position of having to ask for anything. The burden of sexual desire and expression is placed upon her even though he is the older and (equivocally) dominant partner of the pair.
What he doesn’t expect is how it will affect him when he finally does have sex with her. The irony here will be that her matter-of-fact desire will put her in sexual control of their relationship in a way Denethor will never quite be able to overcome. The act devastates him, shattering all the barriers and boundaries he has erected (ahem) over the decades to try to prevent forming attachments to this too-mortal world.
Which will be the immediate topic of the next chapter, from Denethor’s POV.
PS – I need to take care of some things the next few days, so probably won’t get around to posting the next set of chapters, 3 from Denethor’s POV, until the weekend.