Mated – Denethor POV – 1 of 3
In which the Fool reveals a terrible truth, the Captain is terse, the Steward is misled, the City sings, and the Lady has a contest of wills with the Warden.
He wakes up the morning after he and Finduilas make love for the first time and… well, it’s Denethor.
Denethor has to scramble and come to grips with the change that has happened. He learns that being clever can be exhausting. And that deception can destroy. In the chapter is an extended contemplation of the bonding of souls that Tolkien presented to us, and how such a thing affects humans and elves. Denethor ponders what it means to be mated, and wonders at pairings rent asunder or incomplete. One love opens him to another.
As much as I love these two getting all hot and bothered, the heart of the chapter is Denethor’s encounter with the City and all of her lost mates.
He is in such deep shit with his wife. Heh.
Also, poor Brandir.