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Thranduil's Shadow  by Mimi Lind 6 Review(s)
elizaReviewed Chapter: 18 on 3/10/2021
WOOZA!! You have to give a girl a warning with a chapter like that. I am afraid you are right, I'm not liking either Thranduil or Aernath right now. Chapter was great though, well written and very very emotional. I generally a "happy ending" type of gal so I'm not sure how these two are going to survive this.
Do elves get divorced??

Author Reply: Sorry lol! It will be a happy ending, I've even written it already haha. No I just have to fill in all the stuff in-between! :D

No, I don't think they divorce, but they do live apart for extended periods sometimes.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 3/8/2021
Welcome to Stories of Arda, Mimi Lind. This one has become my favorite of all of the sites I have visited over the last two decades since I had discovered fanfiction. It is still an active site. Indeed, since the real world shutdowns due to Covid-19, a few writers who had not posted as much for a time found themselves at home more and have begun posting again. I do believe, tho, the average age of the authors here has been sliding upwards over the years. I even know of four of my favorite authors here who have, as some here say, "passed the Circles of the World". It is good to have some new and younger authors join here. The thing I have liked the most about this place over the years has been the sense of hope in the majority of the stories. I know of one author with whom I have corresponded who says they "do not believe in any supreme being," and one who says they "are not christian". But the majority of the ones I have read and reviewed over the years write a sense of hope that this world is not all there is to creation, and love and light will endure. Take some time to look around while you are here. And I, in turn, will check out your writings in your other sites. Now, as to the Chapter. Like Mirkwood Maiden, I, too am a Thranduil fan. There seems to be a trend among fan-fic writers to make him cruel, because he was stern with Bilbo and the Dwarves. But in Lothlorien during the Quest, Galadriel comments that Legolas has "lived in joy beneath the trees". Many writers agree that if he had lived with an abusive father all of his life, his life would not have been joyful. But Thranduil was the only elven ruler whose realm lasted into the Third Age WITHOUT THE AID OF A RING OF POWER. So he and his people had to be strong and ever watchful. And, there is not any mention of Legolas's mother in the Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings books. So, people quess that due to some tragedy she either was killed, or injured so badly that she had to sail, like Celebrian. But what if Oropher was the strict, abusive one. The story of The Last Alliance has him and his warriors rushing into a charge before the Black Gates without waiting for support from the rest of the Elves. Which certainly might make him stubborn, or rash, less than wise. It will be interesting to see how Thran turns out as the son of a stern father, and how his wife's personality develops.

Author Reply: Thank you for that! It seems like a nice site with lovely stories. Unfortunately the formatting is not so good when you read on a phone like I do.

About Thranduil: Yes, this! I also donít think him cruel or a bad father, but maybe a bit íemotionally constipatedí... In this story I will try to portray his character growth, and the events in his life shaping the ellon he becomes.
Mostly there is loss behind it, loss of friends, parents, fellow warriors. Itís because he knews loss, heís so protective of his realm and his people. And of his son.

elizaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/6/2021
Wow, glad to see a few more chapters. lol, I didn't have computer access for afew days (talk about withdrawal).

This was a sweet chapter, personally I would have made old Thranduil sweat a bit before forgiving him. I like Aerneth, she has spunk and not afraid to show it.

Great chapter.

Author Reply: Thanks! Yes, I decided it's easier to just put all the chapters up, that I had already published on AO3. From now on I will publish as I write them, so it will be around twice a month or so.

Yes, Aerneth was way too easy on him haha. But she's too much in love to do otherwise... Glad you like her! I've tried to make both of them kind of 'flawed', and realistic (I hope).

elizaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 3/2/2021
LOL, well at least I can now say it's not only human males that are astoundingly stupid.

Yikes, Thranduil is going to have to really do some serious begging. It is an interesting dichotomy between this younger Thranduil and the portrayal of him as an adult.

I really like how you have entwined some funny scenes in this chapter.

looking forward to seeing how our king gets himself out of this one.

Author Reply: Thanks for the review!

Yes, hehe, I'm trying to make my elves a bit like they seem in the Silmarillion: real people who make mistakes. I also like to think that very young elves, like he is here, are less wise!

He will grow into that cool, stiff Elvenking in the course of the story, and I will also show the reasons behind this transformation.

Thanks for reading!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 3/2/2021
Mimi Lind!

I too love Thranduil always have actually. I really like the prologue. Poor Thranduil. I do feel for him. I think I will enjoy this!


Author Reply: Oh, thanks a lot! Glad to find a fellow Thranduil-fan!
In this story it takes a while until he becomes the cool king... some trauma happens first. :/

elizaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 2/19/2021
Great chapter, I actually feel bad for poor Thranduil, it must be frustrating having to deal with an obstinate parent. I too tried a long distance relationship after college. I don't have the patience. lol

very nice story, suspenseful and the characters are great. can't wait to see how it goes with Thranduil.

Author Reply: Thanks a lot! I had just decided this site was inactive and to stop posting, and then I see your nice comment. :)

Yes, long distance relationships are super hard to maintain... Which Thranduil shall be aware of the hard way. :/

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