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We Were Young Once ~ I  by Conquistadora 4 Review(s)
mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/31/2019
Fears and doubts are perfectly written in this chapter. Love the idea that they want to leave to help Thranduil. Your ideas about past in Doriath are awesome.

TithenFeredirReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/18/2005
This was an interesting combination: the intimate moment between Oropher and Loriel that shows the quality of their relationship, and then more detail of their past suffering and their concerns about Thranduil. You put the fall of Doriath and their flight in personal terms and so made it very tragic, but not overwrought. Angst with a light touch like this is quite effective, I think. On to the next! TF

Author Reply:
Good to see you back! This is how I try to compensate for not actually including the fall of Doriath in live action, and it seems to work. This story is notorious for plot gaps in the current chapter sequence, but one of these days I'll come back and write some fillers!

AmanielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/5/2004
I am enjoying the way you are portraying Oropher. He fits the image that I had created in my mind quite nicely. Of course you helped with that. :) I had not considered Oropher taking in all the orphans of the time, but it has some appeal. At first I didn't like the idea, but it kind of grows on you and seems to be right. I'm glad that I didn't have to wait several months to read this. It's turning out really well written.

Author Reply:
There are a lot of things that grow on you once you get used to them. I remember when I didn't like Oropher. But he's fun once you give him a try. :)

Ms. WhatsitReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/4/2004
"He deserves better than a slave’s life, appointed someday a fair page to wait hand and foot upon some lordly Golodh."

Ack! Indeed! I'm shuddering just imagining Thranduil in such a state! >_<

This was an insightful glimpse into Oropher's marriage and his affection for Thranduil--it's totally possible that his son might have been one reason for him to strike out on his own. I also liked the description of what Oropher and Loriel and the other Sindar went through in Doriath's fall, and that chilling line about how Loriel finally completely believed that Orcs were corrupted Elves when the Kinslayings occurred. (Those Noldor...)

Author Reply:
Heavens, I can see it too. . . and probably all cutsied up as the Noldor would think proper. . . ugh. History could have been very different. :)
Not a pleasant experience, those Kinslayings.

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