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We Were Young Once ~ I  by Conquistadora 142 Review(s)
mistry89Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/4/2004
"And as if to add insult to injury, and injury to the insult, the aggressors had perforce thrust their own shame upon him by their deeds. The felling of Orcs had been nothing to him, and his sword had been no virgin when they were assaulted that winter. But now he had profaned his own hands with the blood of Elves, placed impossibly between choosing the part of Kinslayer or Traitor. There was no guilt; their deaths were no fault of his. There was only numb regret, for, guilty or no, he was heir now to the same shadow."

Makes beautiful sense to me - Thranduil had a long memory, not a black, greedy heart.

" truth, watching his son languish in idleness had become one of his cardinal motivations to be gone from this place. As Melian had said, here was one spark of Eluís fire, and he would not see it smothered."

And Oropher, too, not led (only) by dreams of ruling rather than being ruled, but by his love for his son and for lost Doriath and those who are gone. Memory is truly a slice of immortality in the here-and-now.

A fitting and right-feeling, right-sounding, glimpse of a pre-Last Alliance Thranduil (and Oropher - I *know* too little about him, yet). Thranduil has long been a favourite of mine (probably because I read The Hobbit far too young and became fascinated by the elves ).
Thank you, seeing the formation of a new realm (if you are going to take it that far) will be fascinating.

Author Reply:
That's my job, to pull out right-feeling, right-sounding redefinitions of established canon. :)
At present I intend to take this a LONG way, but updates may not be as forthcoming as usual. *sigh* The real world demands a piece of me.

Ms. WhatsitReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/3/2004
I like your Oropher a lot. He, I think, is both neglected and misrepresented in fanfic, which is a shame because he is such an interesting character. Your take on his motivations and his relationship with Thranduil is intriguing, and it makes him out to be more than the belligerent hothead he usually is made out to be. You can see the ambition and the pride and also the love and goodwill that he has. I'm looking forward to reading more of this.

Author Reply:
Thanks! I haven't known Oropher very long, but I certainly don't think he deserves the single dimension he's often given. At present I intend to do a lot with this story (if it were a sentence, it would probably be called a run-on), but I'll probably take my time with it. :)

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