King – Denethor POV – 1 of 2
In which Denethor attends a festival, digs holes, begs forgiveness, confronts a mystery, receives a gift, discharges a debt, searches for things lost, and learns more than he really wanted to know.
Denethor completes his first year of rule, and is angry that everyone still longs for Thorongil. Especially himself.
This chapter takes place from June 2985 through December 2985. There are only three more years left for him and Finduilas.
I take a little time to have him reflect on his children, countering the fandom obsession with having him be a cold, hateful, uncaring parent.
Denethor has a chat with Laanga and the painfully obvious finally hits him smack in the face. Several smacks, come to think of it. His helplessness in the face of Doom will only become more stark.
The mariner tries to help, but his stubborn mortal just won’t relent.
Four more chapters after this one.