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Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon

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Tolkien's obviously fair game, as is Sherlock (BBC or Doyle), Star Trek, Harry Potter, Swordspoint (first book), Hunger Games, new Doctor Who, Avengers... pretty much anything you've seen me blather on about.

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marta_bee
Apr. 13th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
* How I feel about this character: I like him. I really like him quite a lot, actually - he's fascinating but also I think much more redeemable than he seems at first glance, which attracts me.

* All the people I ship romantically with this character: Again, canon all the way. Finduilas.

* My non-romantic OTP for this character: Aragorn, The psychology behind that relationship, the sense of a battle between two giants - it doesn't get much better than that.

* My unpopular opinion about this character: I tend to think my whole interpretation of him is unpopular at some level, or was at the time I was forming it though thankfully the fandom's grown more understanding of him over the years. If I had to pick one, it's that he was doing precisely what duty required when he was skeptical of Aragorn's right to rule Gondor. This is what Gondor's established legal precedent required, and while I hope he would have heard out the evidence and perhaps consulted with scholars on what was permissible, it would have been irresponsible to give the throne to someone without an established claim.

* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: That he would have lived. From a story perspective I get why he had to die, and I definitely think Faramir makes a better non-ruling Fourth Age steward than Faramir ever would have. But it always seemed a bit of a cop-out for Denethor not to have to make his peace with Aragorn and get on in the new world.

* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: You asked for one, and I'll give you three:

1) He has been dear friends with Hurin of the Keys his entire life, precisely because Hurin is smart and practical and straightforward but lacks the social status to be a practical threat. As such, Hurin doesn't bow down before him but he can be an uncomplicated personal support to Denethor. He also provides the extended family his own sons need in the city.

2) Growing up and even as an adult, Bard (of Dale) was a personal hero of his: the captain who slew the dragon and built his realm up in time of peace. When he finally met him as a young man, he was more than a bit underwhelmed. Still, he told his story to his own sons when they were young and was quite pleased when Faramir took up the bow.

3) He has a chess game going with various leaders across the realms of Middle-earth. Hurin will duck into his office throughout the day and make a move; others, like Mithrandir, occasionally sent their moves by mail. Originally the boards were set on an out-of-the-way low table in his inner office, but at some point Boromir tripped over it, upsetting a decade's worth of games including (among others) one where he was three moves from checkmating Dain Ironfoot in a game he was using to convince the dwarves they were worthy recipients of dwarvish weapons. To the day they died, Denethor never quite let Boromir forget it.
lindahoyland
Apr. 17th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I greatly enjoyed reading them. I find Denethor lives AUs fascinating.

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