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Dawn of a New Age: First Age  by elliska 26 Review(s)
KaiserReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/19/2014
I love this chapter and both group's responses to each other! I do love the story of the Noldor, especially those of the Noldorin royal family. I myself have never found their names confusing; from about 13 years old, I could reel them off no problem. But I couldn't help but laugh and sympathise with the confused they were! Especially not having time to actually learn who is who before being thrust into the thick of it as they were.

picaraReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/27/2014
I was surprised to see this! But glad.

The first part of the chapter was very atmospheric. It is rather funny to see elves spying so effectively on elves. And it served well to introduce the differences between the Noldor and the Green Elves. I really liked the conversation where Oropher, Celeborn etc learned about the Noldor. Their shock at Finwe's two wives, confusion over the term half-brother, Finwe's death in Valinor and all that was great. So was their reaction to the industrious nature of the Noldor. And the Noldor's reaction to them in the camp was great too. Was that a glimpse of Manadhien and her family?

Like everyone else, I had to laugh at the banter about the names. Those names are impossible.

Hope you continue this.

Author Reply: Sorry to be so long in replying. I'm glad you liked the first part. I liked imagining that scene. And their confusion over all the things that went on to create Feanor and his family. They're in for even bigger shocks, of course. Cultural differences are fun to play with.

And good spot. Yes, that was Manadhien, her sister and brother.

Thanks so much for the reviews! I appreciate them so much!

MornReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/24/2014
This reminds me of my own reading of the Silm. I'm not good with names at the best of times but trying to keep track of who is who, trying to remember than Fingolfin and Nolofinwe, Finarfin and Arafinwe are the same people, who is who's sons and beyond Maedhros and Maglor, I give up with Feanor's sons! Much preferring the simplicity of naming your kids after trees... at least Celeborn, Galathil, Oropher and Engwe all sound different! ;)

It's interesting to see your OCs in a different light and to see a bit of the history of Oropher too. I think you said to me in an interrupted journeys review about showing a bit more depth to your characters like Golwon in this, and I really like that they clearly do all have a history. Strange to see all these ancient elves acting so young!

Are you planning to keep on with this or just a one off update?

Author Reply: Sorry to be so long in replying! I just couldn't resist making fun of the names. I mean, no matter whether you are looking at the Noldorin version or the Sindarization, they are horrible and impossible to keep straight. I gave up too (and made a chart). :-)

I have fun with the younger OCs. I sketched this to make sure I understood where they came from and I enjoyed fleshing it out.

I really want to start updating this more often. At least once a month. That is my goal. Fingers crossed I can keep it up.

Thanks so much for the reviews. I really appreciate them!

FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/24/2014
Well, I'm not the only one that was confused with so many names...You need to carry a notebook with all the names, family relationships, titles...gosh...When I first read The Silmarillion I had a perenne headache (do you say perenne in English?)
And look, the healer, so young now, don't remember her name, but she is there!

Author Reply: Sorry to be so long in replying! Aren't those names awful? I have a big family tree chart that I have to refer to or else I'd be completely lost. I'm glad you spotted the healer. :-) Thanks so much for the review. I appreciate them so much!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/23/2014
Sweet Eru, how did you ever sort out all those family ties and names, Elliska? You are far braver than I.

I like the contrast between the "natives" and returned elves.

Author Reply: Sorry to be so long in replying. Grading compositions had me buried.

Those names are murder. I have a great big family tree to refer to. Seriously. :-) But that is also why I had the Sindar make fun of them. I mean--it is irresistible!

Thanks so much for the reviews! I appreciate them so much!

panzer71Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/15/2011
Thank you for your story,I can't wait for the next chapter.

panzer71Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/15/2011
Thank you for submitting this.I'm neither a Tolkien or literary expert and can offer no criticism of value. I can say though what a wonderful beginning. The battle scene was excellent and the excerpts that are used helped me follow the story well. This is my favorite period in ME history and I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this chapter.

AiwenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/28/2009
Very interesting. I hope you will add to this story.

Jay Greenleaf ElfReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/19/2007
Welcome back, it's good to hear from you again. This is a rather interesting chapter. I love how you portrayed what the elves experienced the first time they saw the sun and other heavenly bodies, it makes one wonder what it might've been like for them.
I'm so glad that you introduced Oropher's father into the story since he is hardly around in any fanfic and I'd love to read what he was like and how he was towards Oropher and even Thranduil, I don't know why but I wish I could find a story where Oropher is still alive when Legolas is around or one with Thranduil becoming king and what his grandparents might think or what role would they play in Greenwood/Mirkwood. But anyway I hope to hear from you soon and looking forward to your next update and the update of Interrupted Journeys.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/12/2007
I love the First Age being made real - and these characters are just delightful in their youth and enthusiasm.

It's great to see their different responses to the arrival of the sun - which must have been more than a little disconcerting to those who have grown to appreciable ages under the light of the stars - and it's most enjoyable to see them ... dodging into the council, delighted that Thingol was too busy to notice their lateness. I can sense some frustration in their elders!

But Thingol is very brave to send this squad to be the meeters and greeters for the Noldor! Although I suspect they will do a terrific job ... (one, though, that might leave Oropher rather less impressed than Celeborn!)

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