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|Thranduil's Shadow by Mimi Lind||2 Review(s)|
|demeter d||Reviewed 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.
|Mirkwoodmaiden||Reviewed Chapter: Prologue on 3/2/2021|
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. :/