Used – Denethor POV – 1 of 1
In which Denethor considers how to make use of surveys, purges, weddings, soldiers, spies, mercenaries, kin, and, most of all, peace.
He’d prefer not to think of all the beings making use of him and Finduilas. He really does not want to think about who may be making use of a certain sister.
This chapter covers a lot of ground. We catch up with Denethor a few months after Finduilas’ adventure in Ithilien, as he finishes cleaning out the King’s Men from the positions Maiaberiel doled out. It then breaks and we rejoin our protagonist in early winter of the following year, escorting honored guests around the City.
There’s a lot more to be covered as regards Rohan, so I took the opportunity to bring Gríma to Mundburg. He’s one of the few people who can match wits with Mr. Snarly. No wonder he dominates Rohan later on. Denethor decides it would be good to teach him and Théoden a few things about power politics.
This is a deceptively calm chapter with a lot of detail that will become important later on.