Exchange – Denethor POV – 2 of 2
In which Denethor must enter into a number of exchanges to get what he needs – words, thoughts, lessons, promises, kisses, vows, blows and confessions. Some given, some taken, all have their price.
Halmir and Beregar should compare notes on how to deal with irritating headstrong relatives. Or they should just observe Brandir. When the Fool decides to stop fooling around, even Denethor steps lightly.
There’s a weird moment when Denethor enters into Finduilas’ Númenor dreams. She tries to deliver a message, but neither of the men are listening.
Thorongil is very distracted. He’s pretty much fighting all the time with Halmir, he knows (or thinks) that Umbar may win him Arwen, he’s completely at sea as to what to do about Denethor, and he’s beginning to understand that there’s a lot more at stake here than fighting an enemy. Then he gets his final lessons when Denethor tells him the history of Gondor’s (and thus the Dúnedain’s) survival in a set of tales.
The stage is set for all hell to break loose.