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In the Woods of Ossiriand  by perelleth 51 Review(s)
mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/26/2018
I love your story and will be over the moon if you decide one day to continue the story Oropher and Gil-galad. Your characters are so full of life and convincing. This is your third story I read about Ereinion and I am mesmerized by the world you presented. Thank you for writing and sharing

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 3/17/2009
This was a really great story. You did an incredible job showing every different group's POV and prejudices. Again, in this last chapter, Gil-galad is very kingly, even up to his nearly breaking patience. Oropher is a tough nut.

I enjoyed the conversation about Thranduil and Cűiell too. Especially: Thranduil growled threateningly, the effect somewhat weakened by the furious blush that covered his face. That really cracked me up.

Loved this--glad I finally got a chance to read it!

Author Reply: Seeing war and death form the pov of youths was a hard thing. IT was too much for this two, but only the beginning of the unnumbered battles and deaths they are going to fight in their long lives, It is somehow sobering, to know that htey will be there again and again and again...

Thank you very much for your kind reviews, elliska! It was such an effort! I'm really thrilled.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 3/17/2009
Gil-galad is really well drawn in this chapter, from the way he manages Maedhros and Maglor to his conversation with Brethil when he first wakes up. I enjoyed Brethil's POV, having to see both sides of Gil-galad--one he approves of and one he simply cannot given his experiences. Very true to life. Well done.

Author Reply: I like Gil-galad a lot. The poor guy did have such a burden since the day he was born! And he has to do what is right, even if it will make him lose the children´s respect. And Brethil has to learn that things are not as easy as balck and white... even when they hurt. And the kinslayers forsake a last chance at redemption...with their best intentions, I guess.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/17/2009
I loved Brethil learning who, exactly, Gil-galad is. And his determination to stay. But I love Cűiell--especially her inopportune questions. I can't fault that because I'm afraid I do it all the time too. I also love her willingness to swear to obey Gil-galad. Good for her--she's practical.

And God the battle scene is again to tense for words!

Author Reply: Cuiell is a hoot. I was figuring what kind of elf maid would have caught Thrnaudil´s heart, and she stepped forth full of her boisterous, curious, unabashed manner...and her bow skills as well! :-)

"And God the battle scene is again to tense for words!" Hehe. I'm beaming. I usually avoid battle scenes because I do not seem to konw how to do them. This one took quite long, so I'm so glad you liked it! THanks!!!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 3/17/2009
“I am still sorry for you,”

Love that. Good for him.

“Beleriand is a battlefield, Oropher, with only two sides left.

Love that too--because sometimes that really is just what it comes down to, as much as Oropher hates that. But the kinslayers' doom is terrible in the end.

God you are killing me with these cliffhanger endings. I am so glad I am reading this when it is complete!

Author Reply: There were so many sides even for the elves that overcoming grudges must be a hard task for them. And Oropher had been deep in Ossiriand nursing his resentment, while Maentew had been out there, seeing hoiw many other people had been suffering, so he had had the training....

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/17/2009
“Winning this war? You Noldor have been saying so since that half-witted king of yours rescued that kinslayer from that mountain and Morgoth sent his dragon to burn all your realms down in revenge…”

ROTFL! Oropher is a riot! This argument was great (I really enjoyed Thranduil taking the opposite side), but this was the best line ever. I loved it. Maedhros's parting shot was pretty cruel--he is probably lucky, given Oropher's temper, that he survived that. Great tension!

Author Reply: I really love writing this thick headed Oropher, who has his own reality firmly constructed in his mind and barely listens to ohter things. IN opopsition the grim, sad, dreadful doom of the kinslayers makes a cruel, nasty but despairing Maedhros, who really really knew what string to pull so he owuld insult, hurt and disarm Oropehr at the same time. THe remaining kinslayers must have been very sorry elves by then, I think...

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 3/17/2009
The discussion of all that happened in Doriath and the different points of view and memories is very well done in that chapter. Thingol had been both victim and accomplice of his own weakness. Very true!

Again though you have left it where I cannot wait to see what happens next, so I am rushing off to the next chap. :-)

Author Reply: LOLOL! Cliffhangers at the end of the chapters were not a self imposed condition but rather a natural developement. I cannot tell you how difficult it was to keep the 2500 word limit, though!

Thank you very very much, elliska. I am giving it up for today, I'll continue tomorrow!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/17/2009
I love Oropher's argument over the Silmaril. That was great and well argued from all sides.

“They are like magpies, love shiny things...” Snort! Great line!

And the ending of this chapter is really tense. I'm a little too anxious to see what happens next--that is the advantage of reading once the whole thing is posted. I don't have to wait! :-)

Author Reply: I have had for a few years a job counterpart that really inspired me this snarky, inssuferable but wholly lovable Oropher. He is truth to himself and good to the bone, so you cannot help undesrtand his quickness in judgement and his seated prejudices! :-)

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/17/2009
Wood Elves bowed to no one’s permanent authority nor followed an established rule, and their councils were boisterous and uncontrollable until an agreement was reached either by consent or boredom.

Yep, that pretty much describes the way I picture it too. I loved that description.

It must have really annoyed Oropher to be 'escorted' around and made to sit and wait like that. I laughed at that. The tension in the camp is really well done, as is Oropher's reaction to Sirion's fate.

Author Reply: I usually think that elves in general had far less power conflicts that what we tend to attribute to them, for the sake of literary conflict, but in the case of the wood elves, the fact that they were mostly nomadic openly calls for such kind of organization... or lack of! For oropher it must have been irritating and exhilarating at the msae time, I think! :-)

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/17/2009
with a warning glare that meant that no, he was not a kinslayer but yes, with proper encouragement he might as well become one.

Hehehe! I loved this line!

All of the conversation in this was great. When you put together a group of haughty people, you can really make the best dialogue. Again, Thranduil is awesome! Taking charge of the conversation and making them answer the questions. Hehe! Love it!

Author Reply: A haughty Thrnaudil is so common in fandom. BUt I really think is fitting, given what we get to see of the king in the Hobbit... And they had been running wild in Ossiriand for many years, so they considered themselves rulers of the forest! :-)

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