This is exactly as I see Thranduil and wood elves. I once read a fic calling him the paranoid King of a tin pot realm. Greenwood the Great, the Great North Wood was constantly under attack. Thranduil would have had to be a fiercely capable leader. Bravo!
Author's Response: Thanks very much for the review!! :) your views are very much like my own in regards to Thranduil and the Wood Elves, I just love them to bits for their ferocity and their ability to be extremely stubborn. They had to be though, I think. Thanks, Caunedhiel
I like ficlets like this, that take us into the mind of some of the key characters at such times. I think you have captured the effect that the slaughter had on Arafinwë extremely well!
Author's Response: Thanks :) I wanted to portray the disgust he felt at the kin-slayings so hopefully it came across well :) Thanks again for reviewing you have made my day :)
What do people think of my father? Was he a rash leader who sentenced three quarters of his army to death because of his pride? Or was he a king pushed to the limit in an unthinkable situation?
I like that; very nice.
I certainly think Oropher's Elves were brave, and perhaps rash, not as armored as the Noldor, did not want to be under their command, and thus so many died. It certainly was not through a lack of courage.
Author's Response: Thanks :) I've always found the woodland elves fascinating, and I like digging into what characters might have been thinking at specific points in a story :) Might write a few more of these when the mood takes me. These I think I might actually finish as well