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We Were Young Once ~ I  by Conquistadora 11 Review(s)
mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 17 on 11/14/2019
BREATHTAKING CHAPTER!!! You couldn't write it better!!!

Starlight and MoonlightReviewed Chapter: 17 on 5/9/2018
Oh my, mellon-nin! This fanfiction is truly a work of art. It is definitely one of the best I have ever read (and I've read a lot ;)). You did very well with accommodating Tolkien's lore, and expressing how the characters feel and react about those events. This is the best Silmarillion based fic I've read! You are awesome!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I think this story is going to end up being a lifelong project, so I'm very grateful for readers who can appreciate it. :)

Starlight and MoonlightReviewed Chapter: 17 on 5/9/2018
Oh my, mellon-nin! This fanfiction is truly a work of art. It is definitely one of the best I have ever read (and I've read a lot ;)). You did very well with accommodating Tolkien's lore, and expressing how the characters feel and react about those events. This is the best Silmarillion based fic I've read! You are awesome!

Reviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/17/2014
FINALLY!!!! Glad Oropher talked some sense into his son!

Jay Greenleaf ElfReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/2/2005
Hi Coriel!

Wow, what an update! Although I can't help being jealous of Lin, not at having Thranduil but that experience of true love, to have a guy that cares so much for you (sighs), I wish I had what she is experiencing, but who knows perhaps soon I will meet someone. I wonder what everyone's reaction is going to be, although, I don't think they will be all that surprised. I think that they will have a magnificent wedding with lots of yellow roses ;D. No offence, but I'm hoping that the next chapter will have some action in it, I'm not disappointed, I knew this chapter will be based mainly on the proposal, so you're still on my favourite list. I hope that you got me E-mail, let me know if you have. Peace out and God bless and Jesus loves you, J.G.E.

Author Reply:
Well, as much as I'd enjoy some too, I can't promise any real action until someone starts a war, probably the Last Alliance. But we're moving on, and several other interesting developments are on the way. ;)

Yes, I got your email, and I did reply to it, so I trust you got that. :)

natReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/2/2005
::sniff::sniff::! ::sob:: i love it! more!! now!!! please?

Author Reply:
Not yet, but hopefully soon! ^_^

silent planetReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/2/2005
That is really, really lovely. I think Oropher is going to have quite a bit to deal with, his 'children' are acting a bit like hormonal teenagers --only with a lot more sense and judgement. And several centuries worth of years. In any case, I'm sure he can handle it.

Still--is giving a pendant a normal course of action or will she get a ring? Though, rings seem to be objects of great superstitions in middle earth...

Author Reply:
Hehehe . . . It was bound to happen sometime. ^_^

Giving her the last of his Doriath emeralds is his version of a "not now, but later". They'll both get rings (according to elvish custom) when they're officially betrothed.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/1/2005

What luck! I finally get up to the last chapter on this great story and there is an update! A very romantic update. *smiling like a two-year-old with a lollipop*

It's rather hard to express how impressed I am with your saga. It's simply great. Authentic, entertaining, dramatic, humorous, romantic... I'm thoroughly hooked.

But, what I like more than the canon foundation this is built upon is your writing style. It is just splendid. A level of skill to aspire to. Sophisticated and yet easy to read and understand and I love it.

This would not be the same wonderful story if another author wrote it.

(Love the Thranduil essay even more!)

Author Reply:
Ah, your timing must be providential! ^_~

Well, thank you. I wish my professors thought as much of my writing as you do, but there we have to learn how to write for each one of them individually. Last semester was better than the first because we got to read The Aeneid, my favorite piece of "classical fanfiction". It was odd, but we were reading about Aeneas and Dido just as I was trying to put the last chapter together with Thranduil and Elemmire. The parallels are quite facinating. ^_~

Anyhow, thanks for dropping a review! I've already been inspired to start the next chapter, so if all goes well it should be up before too long. ^_^

TithenFeredirReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/1/2005
This chapter was thorough;y satisfying, and not just because Thranduil finally popped the big question. I thought was very good that, even after he had made his decision, Thranduil was still nervous and uncertain. I could easily empathize with his nearly being derailed when Lindoriel was not in her chamber. Then you built up the tension with Lindoriel's unhappiness such that, when they finally came together and sorted things out, the feeling of relief was quite strong. Their meeting was very well written. I haven't much patience for overwrought "mushy stuff", but this was done in a way that it came off as very sweet and tender, almost heartbreaking, and quite believeable as the overdue release of a long pent-up love. ~TF

Author Reply:
Ah, believe you me, I was trying very hard to walk that thin line between "overwrought" and "superficial"! Romance can be so hard to write. We don't want to be too figurative and gushy, but nor do we want to be crassly anatomically correct about everything. And trying to make it authentic is something else entirely, since as of yet I have absolutely no experience to draw upon in that field. So what I have left is a simple "what feels right" instinct, but so far it seems to do the job! ^_^

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/1/2005
Coriel, this was wonderful! Thranduil was perfectly nervous, uncertain, proud and "forcibly humbled" (loved that line--it seems so Thranduil). I loved seeing him go from fuming in frustration in the barn (there is something very calming about brushing down a fine horse, so if that does not settle your system, you know the situation is dire indeed) to making up his mind and not waiting for "bothersome second thoughts" (another perfectly Thranduil line). And I loved how he fixes himself up only to not be able to find her. At that point I think I would have screamed if I had been him. You did a great job building and maintaining the suspense with the ladies' conversation (that was well done) and the dinner. Poor Thranduil--finally not being able to take it anymore and excusing himself with a line everyone there knew was insane. Of course we knew why he was squirming and that Lindoriel had not been to her room to see his note, but we did not discover until she did exactly what Thranduil had written and why her apparent shun was so powerful. Witholding that detail until the moment as you did made the whole thing very climatic.

And when they finally spoke! She made him work for that, didn't she! I felt for him. You really did that conversation perfectly both for simple dramatic tension and because it fit so well with the history that you built for these characters.

I love this entire story because I enjoy seeing the journey the characters are on through trying and very interesting times that Tolkien told us nothing about except one sentence--but I must admit, this is one portion of the journey that I was most anxiously waiting to see end (and begin--because this is more a beginning point than an end point for them). You definitely satisfied. Brava. Very well done.

Author Reply:
Thank you! ^_^ I'm glad I was finally able to get this up for everyone, especially after taking my precious time with it. Now we can get on with life! (Well, Thranduil's life, anyway. ^_~) We're only a few chapters away from Book II at this point.

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