Abandoned – Denethor POV – 1 of 2
In which Denethor tries to fill the hole in his heart and make the world less dim.
Brandir should just have left town. He keeps choosing love.
I kept trying throughout the chapter to make Denethor less awful, but he would not relent. There is no logic, only emotional and unconscious reactions. He’s angry, he’s scared, he wants to hurt people, he wants to be comforted, he is grieving for his lost king, he’s feeling betrayed, he’s terrified that it is just him defending Gondor against Sauron, he’s guilty that he has driven away Gondor’s hope, and everything is spinning out of control, even as, on the surface, he has “won” the contest with Thorongil.