Ch. 82 – Vinitharya

Vinitharya – Denethor POV – 2 of 2

In which mistakes are made.


Chapter action takes place between early June, 2986 and mid-October of the same year.

Most main characters commit grave mistakes in this chapter. None will be able to recover, and Denethor reaches back in time for the only allusion that is truly apt to the events.

Three more chapters.


2 thoughts on “Ch. 82 – Vinitharya”

  1. Augh… I kind of wish I had the strength to just stop reading! Though I guess I should have stopped a couple chapters ago…
    But I won’t refrain from re-reading this chapter later to figure out what other grave mistakes were made….ugh, I’m scared to find out.

    Though I don’t think Denethor killing Maiaberiel was exactly a mistake… I don’t see any other way that relationship could have ended. She needed to die, and he needed to do it. This was a convenient time, and things worked out (“worked out”) much better than they could have. Maybe it would have been yet better done sooner, by someone else? (A mercenary, ha…)

    With the chapter name, I knew it was going to be bad…Denethor comes closer to merging with his history/fate dreams. (Finduilas’ are going to be terrifying.)

    (I appreciate your lengthy answer to my question-comments of last chapter! Sorry I haven’t had time to respond or acknowledge before now. It’s a luxury, getting to pester you with questions and getting long and ready answers, especially with your perspective of having finished some time ago, not being in the midst of writing.)

  2. Hi Wheelrider,

    It’s an “Augh!” kind of chapter. If you think reading it is bad, you should try writing it. You don’t know how hard I tried to prevent this from happening.

    Maiaberiel kept getting more vengeful and would not relent. Brandir was right when he told Denethor so long before that only death would stop her. The logic of the story would not allow her to be less than an ambitious, tenacious ruler. But this also had to happen to Denethor. Something has to happen such that Faramir could, in LotR, very seriously consider that his father would have him executed if he defied the Steward’s wishes. There has to be something to that threat. Faramir would know the public story of rebellion; somehow I think he would have learned of the private story, probably from Aiavalë. It is not so much that his father is an unhinged killer (as so much bad fanfic, especially Jackson’s, would have it), but that Faramir knows how far his father will go to defend Gondor.

    I guess it’s not so much that mistakes are committed as that many past errors of judgment come to a head – Thorongil’s playing with the rumors of becoming king, Denethor not heeding Brandir, Brandir turning a blind eye to his wife’s machinations, the decision to be distant to Rohan, Denethor not moving sooner against his sister, Wren not taking the woman’s threats more seriously, Denethor not keeping eastern Anórien empty, Finduilas not telling Denethor about her private discussions with Brandir or Thorongil’s visit and the back story of his love for Arwen – all of this combines to bring Denethor to the edge of political and psychological collapse. He has done something that he should not have, yet what else was left for him to do?

    Denethor is (and is not) all of the actors in the last kin-strife – the unnamed forefather who defends Ithilien, the usurper who defies the true king and drives him away, the ruler who can only restore order by shedding the blood of his kin and countrymen. He is also Turin to Aragorn’s Tuor, Tuor to Aragorn’s Beren, Anárion to Aragorn’s Isildur, Anárion to Finduilas’ Míriel, and even Sauron to Finduilas’ Míriel. At the start of the story, he describes himself as not truly a man, but an instrument of fate. Here, he names himself “Gurthang”, an instrument of doom and vengeance. There will be a final return to this at the end of the story, when he fully comprehends what fate has in store for him.

    It isn’t pretty.


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