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.

(Read other parts here.)

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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 )
Dwim asked for AU drabbles for her birthday. One AU scenario that I've seen attempted several times is Boromir living past Amon Hen - perhaps by taking the Ring. However, there are two scenarios that I have never seen attempted. And you know me - they just couldn't be left undone.

Be forewarned, these are a bit angsty - but this is Dwim's birthday we're talking about, and she taught me all I know on that topic, so perhaps it's fitting. :-)




Title: The Least of Rings
Rating: General
Word Count: 100
Characters: Boromir, Frodo
Summary: Boromir takes the ring.
Warnings: A.U.

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Title: A New Road or a Secret Gate
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 100
Characters: Merry
Summary: Boromir takes the Ring, with unexpected consequences.
Warnings: A.U.; and violence

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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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