Ch. 53 – Smoke

Smoke – Denethor POV – 3 of 3

In which Denethor realizes that where there is smoke, there is Fire.

*****

Another philosophical chapter, though oblique. As usual, it is as much about Thorongil as it is about Denethor.

Warning – the last paragraphs are kind of gross. I had been viewing too many Iraq war images when I was writing.

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Ch. 52 – Hope

Hope – Denethor POV – 3 of 3

In which Denethor feels joy, remembers a summer night, is scolded by a fool, watches a fight, hits his targets, hears an oath, confounds a wizard, and reaches for hope.

*****

Denethor is seriously happy and kind of mellow. It’s a new condition for him.

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Ch. 51 – Conquest

Conquest – Finduilas POV – 3 of 3

In which the plague comes to Minas Tirith and Denethor gets another lesson on why only the truth will serve him well where Finduilas is concerned.

*****

Finduilas completes her campaign to rule the City, though Denethor is not particularly pleased at how she does it. Mr. Snarly is always such a party-pooper.

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Ch. 50 – Campaign

Campaign – Finduilas POV – 2 of 3

In which Finduilas remembers one date, forgets another, listens to intrigues, curbs her impatience, challenges Denethor, and continues to press her political advantage.

*****

For once, Aiavalë gets to have some fun.

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