Sojourn – Denethor POV – 2 of 4
In which Denethor embarks on a sojourn that is not just about miles.
Boromir knows how to talk and Denethor gets to know his son.
Hallowed – Finduilas POV – 1 of 1
In which a snake slithers in, a prisoner is paraded, the Rohirrim show off, an inquiry is launched, a gift is offered, a fate is pondered, a friend is mourned, a queen triumphs, hope trumps certainty, and someone we love dearly is destroyed.
On hallowed ground – a temple, a sacred place, a marriage, a friendship – choices must be made. When there is no right to be chosen over a wrong, how do you decide?
Time – Finduilas POV – 1 of 1
In which we learn it is not time, but is both too soon and too late.
Also, it is too dry.
When I looked at the various timelines and genealogical chronologies, I realized that Thengel dies in the same year as the attack on Umbar, and I decided to put his death first, leading off the year. As you will see in the next chapter, it has caused things to happen out of order. This mistake will lead to others.
Foundation – Denethor POV – 5 of 6
In which Denethor contemplates towers, fortresses, northern rangers, distant lands, nearby ruins, peach pits, cobblestones, greatness, contentment, an inland sea, contests of the past, and the tales told by stone.
And, no, I am not the slightest bit repentant for that line.
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.
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.
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.