Lost – Finduilas POV – 1 of 1
In which fate and free will, pride and faith, and the solace of eternity are addressed.
Why do the Powers insist that the Children are in need of redemption?
This chapter takes place from December 2986 through November 2987. It is the last time we will hear directly from Finduilas in the story.
This is mostly a philosophical chapter, with few events, just some domestic scenes and a bit of political maneuvering in the early part. It belongs with the other strongly philosophical chapters, Mortality, Belegaer, Fate, and Speculation. Finduilas is coming to terms with her own mortality, though not with her imposed fate. She and Denethor have different perspectives on the big philosophical topics and the role of thte Powers. He argues with them on how they use (or abuse) their power, treating them as equals. She takes on their bad faith and challenges their motives, rejecting claims of equivalence. Finduilas’ perspective is less oppositional but more subtle and subversive than his.
It is also a chance to bring Faramir into the story a bit more. He’s four and very mature for his age. He gets two significant scenes, the most important of which is with Denethor. Even at this young age, Faramir is butting heads with his father, but not in a pernicious way, and Denethor is secretly pleased at his younger son’s independent streak. It is possible to reprimand without being hateful or cruel, and disobedience is not always rooted in resentment or abuse.
We finally get something of Brandir’s perspective on what happened in Anórien, and we return a final time to the Swan dreams, both Finduilas’ and Imrahil’s.
Two more chapters after this.