Ch. 11 – Flirtation

Flirtation – Finduilas POV – 3 of 3

In which someone flirts with Finduilas, Finduilas flirts with a few ideas, Denethor flirts with trouble, more people flirt with Finduilas, and she flirts with disaster.


Ah, time for a little romance! A very little bit of romance. Finduilas continues to butt heads with the dour Warden of the White Tower, much to their mutual enjoyment. Luinil is figuring out a few things, but treads lightly.

Continue reading Ch. 11 – Flirtation


Ch. 10 – Proof

Proof – Finduilas POV – 2 of 3

In which Finduilas unearths interesting clues about a number of people, but is unsure whether they can be considered proof of anything.


More third-hand accounts of the war that is raging across Gondor’s eastern borders, and Finduilas’s illness raises its head once again. A theme is introduced in the last major scene of the chapter that carries through to the last chapter of the story – what was theirs to do. Of course, it is in the form of an argument, with Denethor being ever so practically minded and Finduilas trying to get the grouch to see things from a larger perspective.

The mystery of Thorongil continues to unfold.


Ch. 9 – Waiting

Waiting – Finduilas POV – 1 of 3

In which Finduilas exchanges thoughts with her mother, stories with Thorongil, and one book for another.


This is a chapter of politics. We get to see the playing out of all the actions Denethor has been taking since Thorongil showed up at his door with a certain letter in hand. However, we see it from the perspective of the women. What do they make of the decisions passed in counsel chambers and private conversations?

Continue reading Ch. 9 – Waiting

Ch. 8 – Ruins

Ruins – Denethor POV – 2 of 2

In which Denethor plots rebellion, challenges a mercenary, talks to an uncle, and says something he will regret for a very long time.


This chapter is mostly backstory and political machinations, but it also takes time to look at different locations in Gondor, in this case Pelargir.

Continue reading Ch. 8 – Ruins

Ch. 7 – Descent

Descent – Denethor POV – 1 of 2

In which Denethor teaches Thorongil a lesson, discusses army provisions, shows where Faramir gets it, and lets his fingers do the talking.


How many ways down are there? This is a lesson for both Thorongil and Denethor.

As I said on the Rómenna blog post, one main goal in this chapter was to pay attention to Denethor’s physicality. If he & Aragorn/Thorongil look as being of closest kin, then they are pretty similar in their physical abilities. They’ll both be tall, agile, with keen senses and an ease of movement. Boromir and Faramir, though of different body types, are also very physical men, and I imagine that Denethor would more like than unlike his sons at a comparable age. I don’t know if it came through in the first chapter, but Denethor and Thorongil vary in their favorite choice of weapon. Thorongil is a swordsman, while Denethor prefers the bow. Each is, of course, deadly with either.

Continue reading Ch. 7 – Descent

What I’m doing

Just a quick administrative update.

On this blog, I’m trying to catch up with the chapters I’ve already posted on Rómenna so that there is one post per chapter, excluding the appendices.

On Rómenna, I’m prepping a few chapters for posting, but have been slowed down by some work deadlines and visiting relatives.

On A03, I’m waiting for the new chapters to go up before posting stubs to Rómenna chapters.

My goal is to post new chapters and new blog posts in parallel once I get caught up so comments can be for the most immediate Rómenna posts.


Ch. 6 – Promise

Promise – Finduilas POV – 2 of 2

In which Finduilas ponders promises kept, promises broken, and what the future may hold.


Sometimes, the focus of the chapter is the place and time. Middle-earth is old, and Minas Tirith is named for another tower that served  much the same function. The story of LotR itself is a variation on the continued conflict of light and dark, good and evil, power and…power, that plagues the inhabitants.

So many broken promises. So much promise unfulfilled. What would be if this conflict wasn’t?