Great Oaks

Author: Bodkin

Nominator: Dot

2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Oropher settled in the region of Amon Lanc - but he moved his people northwards to seek greater safety and isolation. His son was a natural choice to lead the party seeking a place to dwell. Chapter 2 - not a continuation of the story, but a related ... reaction to its events.

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Reviewed by: Jay of Lasgalen  ✧  Score: 5

I love it when other people have birthdays! There is such a rush of wonderful stories for us all to enjoy. I simply loved Thranduil here. He seems so very elfy - yet quite different to the Silvan elves. I like the way they simply up sticks and move, without leaving a trace behind. Love at first sight - that seems very elfy too. The moment Thranduil saw the face among the leaves, I knew who she was, and that he was lost. The ending was great. I loved Faroth's astonishment when this totally unknown elleth appears, and Thranduil immediately asks her to marry him!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Laerwen had been prepared for her marriage to Thranduil since her grandmother first knew that prince sought to found a new kingdom within her forest. This is a wonderful love story between Thranduil and she who became his wife and mother to Legolas. As always in Bodkin's works there is here a magical union of prosaic. mystical, and humorous that makes it a delight to read.

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina  ✧  Score: 3

An absolutely beautiful tale. I loved this look into Oropher and his family. Thranduil’s lady was charming. Thranduil himself was adorable in that dashing way of his. I really liked how you showed the difference between the Silvan elves and the Sindar coming to the Greenwood. The differences are very realistically done.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

[spoilers] A very atmospheric tale which to me underlines the bond between the wood Elves and the trees they live in such close harmony with.I loved the idea that the woodland King should meet his future wife amongst his beloved trees!