Ch. 79 – Queen

Queen – Finduilas POV – 1 of 2

In which the queen chastises three of her faithful stewards and takes up again the contest with Beruthiel.


The force of the past no longer can be held in check, and Finduilas struggles not to drown in the deluge.

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Ch. 59 – Exchange

Exchange – Denethor POV – 2 of 2

In which Denethor must enter into a number of exchanges to get what he needs – words, thoughts, lessons, promises, kisses, vows, blows and confessions. Some given, some taken, all have their price.


Halmir and Beregar should compare notes on how to deal with irritating headstrong relatives. Or they should just observe Brandir. When the Fool decides to stop fooling around, even Denethor steps lightly.

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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. 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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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?