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Branwyn's Bric--Brac  by Branwyn 3 Review(s)
Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/4/2007
Excellent metaphor for Faramir's speculations on his father's state after Boromir's death - a scout in dark places...I would imagine that Faramir always understood Denethor better than Boromir did, though possibly not completely, since Denethor was a very cool, and guarded, customer.

Author Reply: No, I don't think Faramir could read Denethor as well as he could read most people. Their relationship is charged with emotion, and I think that would limit his insight into Denethor who also would avoid being completely open with his son. I agree with you that there would be aspects of Denethor's personality that would remain a closed book to Boromir.
Thanks for the kind words!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/4/2007
Difficult - he might have observed the signs, but what could he do about what he saw?

Author Reply: That is so true. Denethor was extremely defensive and autocratic; how could Faramir have even approached him with concerns about his mental stability?
Thanks for commenting!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/3/2007
I suspect Faramir is reading his father all too aright. His Ranger's instincts are all too keen.

Author Reply: Tolkien says that Faramir could read the hearts of others, but I wondered if, after so many years spent so close to Mordor, he also would have developed a sense for the presence of the Enemy (who, through the palantir, is present in Denethor's mind). Certainly if anyone would have noticed that something was amiss, it would have been Faramir.
Thanks so much for commenting. :-)

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