die Verbindung zwischen den Gedanken und Gefühlen des Dunklen Lords und den Ihren

I know that the genitive is German is:

Ihres, Ihrer, Ihres, Ihrer

So where did Ihren come from?? Can someone please breakdown to me how this den Ihren was written? My goal is to understand how this is written so that I could use it in the future in different contexts.

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Den Ihren is the dative of die Ihren (question: zwischen wem?)

Die Ihren is a nominalized version of the attribute ihre in ihre Gefühle, hence probably the capitalization (if not capitalized anyway being the polite address form):

  • Zwischen den Gefühlen des Dunklen Lords und ihren Gefühlen.
  • Zwischen seinen Gefühlen [= den Seinen] und den Ihren.

This is just like an adjective would be nominalized, compare:

  • Zwischen den großen und den kleinen Kindern.
  • Zwischen den Großen und den Kleinen.

It works with other possesive attributes as well, they're regularly inclined like adjectives with determiner ('bestimmte Deklination'), e.g. eure:

  • Singular: der/die/das Eure, des/der/des Euren, dem/der/dem Euren, den Euren/die Eure/das Eure
  • Plural: die Euren, der Euren, den Euren, die Euren
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    The nominalization of adjectives is nothing new but the nominalization of possessive articles is really weird. I need to practice it. Thank you. Apr 30, 2021 at 7:05

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