The Prince of Ithilien

By Jennet Jourdemayne

A Lord of the Rings novel in four parts

Part I: Rohan
Part 2: Gondor
Part 3: Ithilien
Part 4: Minas Tirith

Author's Notes: Around my sixth viewing of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King I fell head over heels for Faramir. I don't know why suddenly I noticed the quiet Ranger where previously all my focus had been for Aragorn. Perhaps it was because I had been reading more of the books and liked the way Faramir was portrayed in the novels, extrapolating some of that character onto what I saw on screen. I've always found the scholar/warrior very appealing anyway (hence my Aragorn thing previously), so Faramir was right up my alley (since then, I've become quite enamoured with David Wenham, but that's another topic entirely). Not to mention how much I liked Eowyn and always had done, even from my first reading of the novels in high school. I loved the way Eowyn was portrayed in the films, loved her strength and her beauty, and desperately wanted to see the Houses of Healing scenes that had been left on the cutting room floor in the theatrical release of the film (I understand we'll be getting those back in the extended edition and I can't wait, even if some of what we're shown kills some of my story). I started playing around with the missing scenes, not just the scenes from the book that were left out of the movie, but also the missing scenes in the book: what were the events that took place during the separation of Faramir and Eowyn when she went back to Rohan with her brother, before Faramir came with Theoden's funeral procession. Then the book says that Faramir and Imrahil stayed on at Edoras when the rest of the company departed after Theoden's funeral. I wanted to see what they did there and how long they stayed. Then, of course, I wanted to see Faramir and Eowyn's wedding.

Well, one thing led to another, as one thing often does, especially in fiction, and the next thing I knew, I had about 130 pages worth of story, and what had started out as a nice bit of Faramir/Eowyn romance had turned into a long, angsty look at love, lust, romance, sex, grief, joy, duty, responsibility, and brothers, living, dead and honorary. Along the road, I strengthened Faramir's relationship with Aragorn, and also dealt with Faramir's "other" family–his uncle, Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth, and his cousins, Imrahil's children (I always liked Imrahil and was sorry he was left out of the movie, but I understand why, for introducing a new major character 8 hours into a saga is perhaps not the wisest move). Through Faramir's relationship with Imrahil, I was able to deal with a lot of the family baggage Faramir copes with. And then I threw in some h/c, because I hadn't done a good h/c in ages, and Faramir just suffers so beautifully!

The result is what you see before you. There is, actually, a fifth part of the saga, set in Emyn Arnen, though it takes place about six months after the current story and can stand on its own, so I separated it out. It's linked on my main LoTR fiction page.

The novel is set in an amalgamation of the movie-verse and book-verse. Where possible, I used the movieverse as my basis, especially for physical setting, description, characterization and some timeframe. However, I filled in certain aspects of history, timeline, location, details, and off-screen character from the book. Where there was a conflict between book and movie, I usually went with movie, unless the book's interpretation suited my needs better.

I wanted to give a special warning about Part V in the Gondor section, which is Eowyn and Faramir's wedding night. It is adult in content (NC-17), but the events of that night are alluded to throughout the rest of the story, so if reading the details doesn't appeal to you, you can easily skip the story. The novel itself's content is probably PG-13 to R, as it deals with certain aspects of married life and its attendant physicality. However, it didn't seem necessary to describe all of their love scenes in detail; sometimes a fade to the fireplace (or to your own imagination) can be just as effective, if not more so. That notwithstanding, there is a lot of talk of a frank sexual nature and a couple of graphic scenes, so it is definitely not for younger or more sensitive readers.

Now then, if I haven't scared you off by either its length or its content, I present "The Prince of Ithilien". Enjoy!


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