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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Character Tags

I’ve added character tags to the blog. Significant appearances by a character will be tagged so that you can click and find where that character appeared.

The only characters I’m treating differently are Finduilas and Denethor. I only add one or the other name based on who is the narrator/POV for that chapter.

Use the Character tag cloud to pull up posts on chapters where the character appears.


Ch. 14 – Salvage

Salvage – Denethor POV – 3 of 3

In which Denethor and Thorongil have a brief, completely factual and utterly misunderstood conversation, Beregar recounts a mistake, the humorous side of the Silmarillion is presented, an old acquaintance shows up, and the cat enjoys herself.


And now Aiavalë is trying to be funny. Sheesh.

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Ch. 13 – Relations

Relations – Denethor POV – 2 of 3

In which a ride is taken, a letter is delivered, a message is conveyed, a vacancy is considered, and a mystery unfolds.


This chapter was mostly for expanding on the backstory of the Steward’s house, but it also advances the growing relationship between Thorongil and Denethor. Two steps forward, one step back, a couple to the side, another lunge ahead, and full stop. Denethor gets to show his humorous side, which is never a pleasant thing to see.

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Ch. 12 – Mortality

Mortality – Denethor POV – 1 of 3

In which Denethor faces his worst fear, is scolded by Brandir, and believes he has uncovered his part in the tale.


All of the quoted poetry is from the Lay of Leithian, in Tales of Beleriand, as was most of the verses in Ch. 10, Proof. It is not a mistake that I parallel Denethor and Finduilas to that story, which is usually the bailiwick of Aragorn and Arwen tales. It is the only way for Denethor to address what he is feeling and why.

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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.

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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.