Time – Finduilas POV – 1 of 1
In which we learn it is not time, but is both too soon and too late.
Also, it is too dry.
When I looked at the various timelines and genealogical chronologies, I realized that Thengel dies in the same year as the attack on Umbar, and I decided to put his death first, leading off the year. As you will see in the next chapter, it has caused things to happen out of order. This mistake will lead to others.
This is the last visit to Edoras in HotK, but far from the last of the politics between the kingdoms. Théoden’s choice after Denethor’s request will have decades of consequences.
The council with Ecthelion at the close of the chapter will also have consequences. Big ones. Bad ones.
I won’t post again for several days, possibly until next weekend, to allow readers to digest the last six posted chapters, from Compromised through Time, which is the immediate build up to the political and personal crisis of Umbar.
Hands of the King falls into four parts:
- Courtship – This was the original story I planned to write, just their courtship, and it was only supposed to be 12 chapters and @ 75,000 words. Hah! This first section is 24 chapters, from Assumptions through Troth. It spans just over a year and a half, from the early spring of 2974 to Yestarë 2976. 13 chapters are from Finduilas’ perspective, 11 are from Denethor’s.
- Betrothal – This covers their lives from their betrothal to the consummation of their marriage, 15 chapters, from Plans through Change. The time span is January 2976 though April 2977, and marks three years of them knowing each other. There are 6 chapters from Finduilas’ perspective in this set and 9 from Denethor’s.
- Marriage to the King – This section, the final chapter of which is this one, looks at how they develop the relationship between themselves and with their hidden king, preparing him to rule. It’s almost three years, from April 2977 through February 2980. It is 20 chapters, starting with Wounds and ending with Time. The perspectives are split equally between them, with 10 each for Finduilas and Denethor.
- Marriage to the Steward – This section is the unwinding of everything that has gone before, and is 25 chapters long. Their king will not return and they realize that they must now prepare to face the darkness without him. It covers almost as much time as the previous three sections, 8 years, from early March 2980 through November of 2988. It starts with the chapter Umbar and ends with Demon. 11 of the chapters are from Finduilas’ perspective and 14 are from Denethor’s.
So, yeah, there’s a lot yet to come.