We Were Young Once ~ I
2006 Award Category: Races: Elves: Featuring Mirkwood Elves
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Epic
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: Rated for mature themes that would not be fully appreciated by a younger readership. Also contains some violent images.
Summary: This is the story of the second Elvenking of Greenwood, Thranduil Oropherion, his rise from refugee to prince and beyond, from the First Age through to the Fourth. (Basically, it is to Tolkien canon what Virgil's Aeneid is to Homer's Iliad.) As the first completed installment of a trilogy, these chapters cover mostly the early Second Age.
Reviewed by: elliska ✧ Score: 5
Given that I am a huge fan of Thranduil, it is no surprise to anyone that I would love this story. Seeing Thranduil and Oropher rebuild their own house and their people after the end of the First Age and the War of Wrath is a great topic and you handled it well. I really enjoyed all aspects of this story--the personal (Thranduil's relationship with Lindoriel--I still remember the 'Remove your hand lest I remove it for you' line), the political (the relations between the Sindar and Noldor), the familial (I love Oropher's extended house) and the various actions that move it all along. And your writing style is so rich and powerful that it really brings everything to life. Great story!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
I have not the time to read all of this, but I find myself quite taken with this author's tail of the way in which Oropher became the King of Greenwood. Thranduil is an intriguing young elf, and I can see in him his future son. I especially enjoyed the conflicting relationship and ambiguous feelings he showed for Elrond, and his chafing at the restrictions of life after the end of the First Age.
Reviewed by: dkpalaska ✧ Score: 4
I enjoyed this story, especially getting the Sindarian perspective of the First and Second Ages, and their desire to escape Noldorian influence and rule. It was initially difficult for me to get close to the characters; once I did I thought both canon and OC's were believably constructed and likeable. The writing felt a little overly florid at many points; however, good descriptions throughout really painted a vivid picture. I also liked the well-selected quotes aptly setting the tone at the beginning of each chapter. Nicely done!
Reviewed by: sindarlover ✧ Score: 3
I love Thranduil and I found this reading the MEFAs. He is great in this story--so powerful and regal! Exactly as I imagine him. And I really like how the canon is mixed into this story. This was a really great read! I will go look for other things you wrote.