Author: Larien Elengasse

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: The Silmarillion - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: character death, mild violence

Summary: Oropher thinks about his son.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This story was beautiful and poignant. Especially the ending. Oropher here does not come off as brash and haughty but a loving father, remembering before the end comes. Very well written and characterized.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Lovely. And it was not just because it was about a King for his heir. It was about a father and his son.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

This story brought tears to my eyes. To see Oropher and Thranduil in such a positive light is always a good thing. This a lovely tribute from a father to his son. These particular characters are favorites of mine because Tolkien said so very little about them. I would recommend this fiction to anyone who wants a good sniffle and a sweet short story.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

Larien's descriptive and detailed writing paints a vivid portrait of young prince Thranduil as seen through the doting eyes of his dying father. A sad, bittersweet, narrative, Larien gives us an Oropher not often portrayed in fan fiction - loving father, husband, king, made all the more memorable by these haunting last lines: "Do your worst," I growl, fighting not to choke on my own blood. "What matters to me most you cannot take." I close my eyes, the vision of Thranduil burned upon my eyelids as I fall into darkness.

Reviewed by: Sindohte  ✧  Score: N/A

Stories that explore the relationship between fathers and sons are always something that peak my interest. Although this was only a short piece of writing, its brevity did not take away from its powerful impact. You managed to convey the love that Oropher had for his son Thranduil and that even at the moment of his death, his last thoughts were of the love and pride that he felt for his only child.