Ch. 20 – Pride

Pride – Denethor POV – 3 of 3

In which more battles are joined and Denethor pays the price of victory.


Denethor is grieving, yet also relieved at what has come to pass.

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Ch. 18 – Threat

Threat – Denethor POV – 1 of 3 In which Denethor deals with threats from the cat, the captain, Umbar, the Steward, his sisters, his heart and the Dark Lord. All in all, he prefers dealing with Orcs.


A lot happens in this chapter. All of Denethor’s cleverness over the summer is going to come back to haunt him, and family relations take a definite turn for the worse. Continue reading Ch. 18 – Threat

Caught Up

As of today, this blog is now caught up with Rómenna for story posts.

What I’m going to do from now forward is link each story posted to Rómenna to its own blog post here, with links back to the story. If you want to be notified, then subscribe to this blog and get a notice for each new blog post, which will let you know a new chapter is up.


Ch. 17 – Encroachment

Encroachment – Finduilas POV – 3 of 3

In which we see Denethor be a loremaster, a visitor, a creature out of legend, and a friend, while Finduilas wishes she did not see anything.


What good is sitting on top of the most extensive library in the human world if you can’t research historical stuff using original sources? Denethor shows off his chops as an archivist, while opening up a whole can of dynastic worms. That done, it is time for a field trip. As William Faulkner liked to say, the past is not dead. It is not even past. Finduilas finds this out, much to her dismay.

We wrap up with a little Touch o’Romance ™ to keep the plot moving along.

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Ch. 16 – Claims

Claims – Finduilas POV – 2 of 3

In which Finduilas has to think about claims made, what someone claims is so, what counts as a claim, how one can be claimed, and how the claims of the past weigh upon the choices for the future. Not necessarily in that order…


A lot of Thorongil and Denethor in this chapter, and a major cliffhanger at the end. Ivriniel and Luinil also have major appearances, and we get to see Denethor show off his archival chops yet again. A lot of gap-filling going on. In some ways, this is a chapter about Thorongil/Aragorn, and Finduilas just happens to provide the perspective.

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Ch. 15 – Fidelity

Fidelity – Finduilas POV – 1 of 3

In which Finduilas is told a secret, asks a question, learns about rule, meets distant kin, and finally gets her hands on Denethor.


This is a quiet chapter, building on things that came before and setting up for the big finale. The theme is fidelity, marital and otherwise.

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