Title: Those Who Cannot
Words: 1,776 + Notes
Rating: General
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Finduilas/Denethor
Betas: annmarwalk
Challenge: fanfic100 #72: fixed; advent 2010 series

Summary: A pregnant Finduilas, looking forward to the birth of her own child, finds herself wondering why her son deserves a brighter future than other mothers' sons. A look at social justice in Gondor.

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Title: Dream a Little Dream
Words: 1,351 + Notes
Rating: General
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Denethor/Finduilas
Betas: annmarwalk
Challenge: Birthday Giftfic '10;
fanfic100 #21: friends

Summary: A man as austere as Denethor is not given to romance. How exactly did things begin with him and Finduilas?

 

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Title: Pelendur's Folly
Word Count: 1,558
Rating: General
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Elphir (Imrahil's son), Halbeleg (OMC grandson of Halbarad)
Beta: [personal profile] just_ann_now
Challenges: Birthday Giftfic '10, Fanfic100 prompt #25: "Strangers"
Summary: Every story has two sides. A long-lost letter between two lords of the reunited Gondor and Arnor sheds new light on the established history.

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Title: From the Ashes
Summary: A bit of Ioreth angst (because even prattering fools can have deep thoughts)
Timeline: Ring War (shortly after the Siege of Minas Tirith)
Word Count: 200 words exactly

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[ar] NiRi,CUSTOMIZED

[ar] NiRi,[fm] 350x100,[pl] Gondor


Title: Birthright
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Denethor
Prompt: BMEM09 Days 23-25; [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 prompt #82, if
Word Count: 554
Rating: General
Summary: Denethor would have made a fine second-son; but that was not to be his fate.

Multimedia Note: For the interested, my "soundtrack" for this song was PFR's song Name. Not the lyrics so much, but parts of the song has the right "feel" for how I envision Denethor in this song.

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[ar] NiRi,[pl] Gondor,[tp] 3rd Age,[fm] 290x150


Title: A Game Well-Played
Fandom: Lord of the rings
Characters: Denethor, Faramir, OCs (Boromir mentioned)
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 19; [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 #27, "parents"
Word Count: 1,711 + Notes
Rating: General
Beta: Annmarwalk
Summary: On lessons learned across the chess-board.

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Title: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Imrahil + Family; Denethor; OC Gondorian
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 11; [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 prompt "Years"
Word Count: 1,007 + Notes
Rating: General
Summary: An old family tradition returns to haunt Imrahil.
Author's Notes: Kind of a sequel to my ficlet "Giving Gifts," but should be fully understandable without you having read that piece.

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[ar] NiRi,[fm] 350x100,[pl] Gondor

[ar] Elleth,[cat] Races: Men


Title: A Man Alone
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Denethor
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 4; [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 #88, "School"
Word Count: 756
Rating: Teen for general despair
Summary: Denethor muses on how he became the man he is.

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Title: Fealty
Summary: Denethor considers the wisdom of one of his father's decisions.
Word Count: 200
Characters: Denethor (Ecthelion + Aragorn mentioned)
Timeline: c. 2970 TA (1370 SR) (bookverse)
Rating: General, nothing objectionable
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] roh_wyn, who requested Denethor reflecting on being steward, and for [livejournal.com profile] fliewatuet who requested Denethor and Thorongil.

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Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part I
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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I. INTRODUCTION


"Authority is not given to you, Steward of Gondor, to order the hour of your death. And only the heathen kings, under the domination of the Dark Power, did thus, slaying themselves in pride and despair, murdering their kin to ease their own death." (Gandalf, "The Pyre of Denethor," The Lord of the Ring)


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Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part II
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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II. DENETHOR: THE EARLY YEARS


Childhood )
Denethor and Thorongil )
Denethor and Finduilas )
Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part III
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

(Read other parts here.)

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III. DENETHOR'S CHARACTER STRENGTHS AND FLAWS


Denethor as Lover of Lore )
Denethor's Greatness )
The Problem of Politics )
Denethor as a Numenorean )
Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part IV
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

(Read other parts here.)

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IV. DENETHOR DURING THE WAR OF THE RING


Denethor and the Palantir )
Denethor and Boromir )
Denethor and Faramir )
The Council Meetings in 'The Siege of Gondor' )
Faramir's Injury and the Pyre of Denethor )
Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part V
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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V. CONCLUSION: IMRAHIL'S FINAL WORD


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Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Notes
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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Footnotes )
Supplemental Notes )
And this is it, guys! The last part of this series. Thanks for bearing with me through it all.

Title: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Pt 5 - Air
Summary: A series of vignettes involving Denethor and Aragorn. Each vignette is inspired by one of the five elements of classical philosophy.
Word Count: 896 + Notes
Timeline: bookverse, 3019 T.A.
Warnings: Implied slash. Also, while these vignettes are strictly canonical within bookverse, I freely admit that Tolkien may not have intended this interpretation of his steward and king. Some readers may struggle to accept the pairing.
Rating: This part - General; Overall - Mature

Aragorn stepped into the rubble, his cloak trailing in the soot. )
Notes )
Title: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Pt 1 - Fire
Summary: A series of vignettes involving Denethor and Aragorn. Each vignette is inspired by one of the five elements of classical philosophy.
Word Count: 494 + Notes (this part)
Timeline: bookverse, 2951 T.A.
Warnings: Implied slash. Also, while these vignettes are strictly canonical within bookverse, I freely admit that Tolkien may not have intended this interpretation of his steward and king.
Rating: This part - Teen; Overall - Mature

Acknowledgements:

1. This story was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] ribby's request for a giftfic for [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now. It's all her fault, honestly.

2. Thanks to agape4gondor, for her beta help. *kisses*

Disclaimer: Tolkien = genius; me, not so much.






It was the eyes that first captured Denethor's attention. )

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