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.


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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