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We Were Young Once ~ III  by Conquistadora 8 Review(s)
mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/24/2019
'Am I so changed...?' another sentence which made me cry. It shows how vulnerable he is and how much war managed to hurt him. The wedding is a perfect way to get lost joy back.

AdrianneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/19/2007
Ahhh, sadly I have caught you up. I say sadly because now I must wait on your pleasure to learn what next will befall our gallant and magnificent hero. Oh, I do know, of course, in the broadest sense Tolkien allowed and I look forward to the retelling of certain events. But what I truly await is the intimate insights that have made your masterful yarn nearly hypnotic.

The last few chapters were as painful to read as I imagined such would be that told the tragic details of Oropher's fatal charge. I wept for the fallen King and for his son who had to take up a crown he had never hoped to bear. I wept for Galadhmir having to endure a triple grief in the death of his son, his King and father figure and very nearly the death of his friend and brother now become his sovereign. It was almost too much. And then after such catastrophic loss, to endure the humiliation of scorn from their Elven kindred, was an awful blow. I cannot imagine the strength it took both physically and emotionally to move forward.

But finally, you end this last chapter with the marriage (at last) of Thranduil and Lindoriel. They are one. How long did she await him? More than 3,000 years. The woman is a saint! Or merely, everlastingly in love. Who can fault her?

Now on to recovery, to the building up of Thranduil's own realm before the bitter retreat. On to the birth of our beloved Legolas, the quiet strength of 'the fellowship', with perhaps a glimpse into his formative years and coming of age. And no doubt you will weave into your rich, eloquent tapestry those events (the leaving of Lindoriel and of Legolas' beloved) merely touched on in 'I Return'.

Will you go farther? Will we see Thranduil give up the Greenwood at last and answer the call of the sea? Or will he, like his cousin Celeborn, hold on a little longer to his birth land? Either way, it will be a bittersweet epilogue to a bittersweet story. Magnificent and melancholy, as are all the stories of the Elves.

"The one was deep and wide and beautiful, but slow and blended with an immeasurable sorrow, from which its beauty chiefly came."

Such it is with Elves and Men, a blending of beauty and sorrow.

I know you are busy with much else, but please do not keep us waiting long.

With gratitude,

Author Reply:
Thanks, Adrianne! :) I'm doing my best to keep the wheels turning, and the next chapter is probably about half written at present. I've felt rather uninspired lately, but your reviews always help! I've actually been considering a Book IV about Thranduil's departure from Middle-earth, but we'll see how it goes. I've already attempted it once, and that was a learning experience. Anyhow, I'm off to take care of business. Until later!

ninqwestilmenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/9/2007
Finally a new chapter!! Makes me glad to see such insightful work :) Your story telling always leaves me begging for more, please do update soon!!

Author Reply:
Thanks. ;) I shall endeavor to do my best. The next chapter is well underway already; I just need to find a moment to push it forward.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2007
Wonderful! I love seeing the passion between Thranduil and his betrothed. I imagine it was her strength that helped him cope. Her courage in the face of Thranduil's wounds, emotional and physical, was very touching.

Author Reply:
I'm glad the chapter seemed to flow properly. Finals week and coherent prose don't usually coexist. ;)

Jay Greenleaf ElfReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/5/2007
Wow, This story took a turn for the worse. I mean that, when I think back to the first story, there was such light-heartedness and nothing that seemed to break the peaceful lives that Oropher and co. lived. But now the angst just never seems to let go of Thranduil, I truly feel sorry for him. I love how you express his emotions without revealing too much on how he is really feeling. I don't think I have ever come across a fic that has so much depth after the results of the Last Alliance, I truly am impressed and it feels as though I am experiencing Thranduil's sorrow for myself. Their marriage only seems to be a small respite from the angst. I truly appreciate your work and am always looking forward to what happens next. Thank you for putting so much effort into your series.

Author Reply:
Don't worry; the angst will lighten with time. I'm glad you're still enjoying the story; all the best stuff is yet to come. ;)

ChiggerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/1/2007
*Harumph* Posting without telling me. -_-

Anyhoo - it seems that Thranduil sped up your timeline a bit. He's been like that through this whole thing, hasn't he?

Oh, and there's one word missing that I saw. ". . . dressed severely *in* his darkest greens and indeed genuine black . . ."

So, yeah. *sticks out tongue*

Author Reply:
I knew you'd say that. :P I would have run it past you if I hadn't been late already. Darn typos. ;)

CandissDReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/1/2007
I love this story! Thank you for updating! I cannot wait for more! :)

Author Reply:
Thanks! I'll certainly try not to let it sit for three months again. ;)

silent planetReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/1/2007
Did I mention I love this story? Thanks for updating. You make everything work so well.

Author Reply:
Thank you! :)

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