Speculation – Finduilas POV – 2 of 2
In which Finduilas is really fed up with people looking at her.
Now that the initial shock of being spied upon (and almost seized) by Sauron has worn off, Finduilas is out for answers. And to take advantage of the situation, like any self-respecting ruler would.
Finduilas speculates on what will become of her, Denethor and those she loves. She will be thinking more explicitly about the fact that she is a ringer for some Elf chick and also seems to be a stand-in for a doomed queen, and how that plays out as being one of the losers in the drama of Arda. It also is a play on “speculum” and the invasion of her mental and physical integrity by various others – Sauron, Denethor, the mariner, Mithrandir, Boromir, and Thorongil, to name the most obvious. There limits to how much control she has over the use they make of her mind and body.
I want to look at the profound suffering these people are going through and examine the role the gods are playing in structuring a world such that mortals are put through agony for no reason save that’s what Eru wants. The cost of the happy ending must be understood. There’s also a contrarian philosophy running through here – defended by Ulmo – which values those who resist the conventional unfolding. He admires and values Denethor’s stubbornness, and offers the only tool that can relieve the horrible weight of fate – forgiveness. To forgive is to undo what has been done, and bring other possibilities into being. It is an odd kind of acceptance, as well, one that is not passive, buts acts on the world. He who forgives wills the world to be as it is. Why, yes, it does partake of Nietzsche’s Eternal Return. And of Christ’s turning the other cheek. It is revolutionary stuff.