Ch. 40 – Wounds

Wounds – Finduilas POV – 1 of 2

In which Finduilas observes the wounds carried by those around her, physical and metaphysical, fresh and closed, the scars they leave behind, the emotional toll they take.

*****

This was the chapter when Thorongil convinced me he wasn’t such a bad fellow after all, and where he took a large step towards becoming Aragorn.

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Ch. 36 – Fortress

Fortress – Finduilas POV – 6 of 6

In which there is a visit paid, a warning given, a dance performed, a challenge issued, a dream recounted, an apology offered, a seduction continued, a vision intrudes, a plan hatched and a soul transformed. Pretty much in that order.

*****

And this chapter probably isn’t safe for work – depending on the kind of place you work, of course.

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Ch. 35 – State

State – Finduilas POV – 5 of 6

In which the ship of state, affairs of state (carnal and bureaucratic), lying in state, what state is someone in, the state of affairs, what is static and what is not are all considered.

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Finduilas is frustrated with Denethor and deeply shaken by other events. They are trying to figure out the balance between them, now that they are husband/wife as well as friend/Alquallë. The immediacy of politics displaces their uncertainty over more personal things.

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Ch. 34 – Forever

Forever – Finduilas POV – 4 of 6

In which an iconic object makes an appearance, souls are promised, kisses are exchanged, and dreams become real.

*****

They never can do anything the easy way, can they?

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Ch. 33 – Between

Between – Finduilas POV – 3 of 6

In which Finduilas spends the last few days between her old life and her new. Tales are told, dreams occur, and wishes come true. Politics and portents abound.

*****

This is a bridging chapter, wrapping up a few narrative odds and ends and laying the groundwork for what’s to come next. Kind of like getting ready for a wedding. Maiaberiel is in for a nasty surprise is all I can say.

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Ch. 32 – Cold

Cold – Finduilas POV – 2 of 6

In which more than the weather has a chilling effect.

*****

Special treat! At the foot of the chapter is a link to a PDF diagram of the four floors of the Stewards House. Not really to scale, but will give you an idea of how the rooms are laid out.

Finduilas has arrived in Minas Tirith much in the way her brother, Imrahil, will do so just over 40 years later, though what she arrives to battle is more subtle than Sauron. Her return to Minas Tirith begins, as so many marriages do, with the household and economics.  As days pass and the City fills, politics is as much on Finduilas’s mind as romance.  A new prince has arisen, and is to be reckoned with.

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