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"Arrival" by Kaylee Arafinwiel

Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel
Title: Arrival
Rating: PG
Theme: Pairs
Elements: father, son
Beta: None
Author's Notes: Takes place in Emma’s and my “Thrani-verse” (Our Oropher has dark hair and green eyes; Thranduil, his mother’s blonde hair and blue eyes) It's a sequel to my last challenge story.
Summary: The Tithen Aran arrives home and considers his father.
Word Count: 100 without header


“How like your father you are.”
Thranduil had never understood those words. He certainly didn’t look like Oropher; a fact remarked on by the Noldor often during his youth in Lindon. When he was grown, he understood better. Strong and stubborn, he was his father’s son in attitude; taking on any burden, any challenge, even when it seemed insurmountable. On the edge of Greenwood, the Tithen Aran paused to look back at the dregs of an army, the remnants of a people. His people, however ill-fitting the title of leader, of king, seemed to be.
Oropher, too, had done that.

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blslarner
Nov. 16th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
My sister and I were often taken for twins, although our looks couldn't be further apart if we'd tried. But our attitudes were much the same, and the resemblance was there in spirit when it wasn't in looks. Excellent!
clodia_metelli
Nov. 16th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I like that, especially how it takes Thranduil until he's grown to realise that similarities are about more than physical resemblances. Lovely, thank you!
labourslamp
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I like it when near family don't always resemble each other in Tolkien fan fiction. Sad now that Thranduil must contemplate the family resemblance now that his father has died.
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I really like the way the resemblance that most strikes Thranduil is not the traits he had in common with his father-- but the fate they both endured.
ellynn_ithilwen
Nov. 16th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Very well written! ;)
thunderatiger
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
I love the way Thranduil draws parallels between himself and his father as he slowly grows into a resemblance of Oropher rather than merely assuming it by virtue of birth. The growth is evident in the drabble, and it culminates in his assumption of leadership at the end. I like that it doesn't always fit well with either him or Oropher.
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
A very well written drabble.
paranoidangel42
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I like how Thranduil compares himself to his father and his comparison changes over time.
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keiliss
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I liked that he grew into the realization of their similarities, and how it took kingship to show him the final one.
mrowe
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
And of course Thranduil will do well enough in the end:)
someplacetobe
Nov. 26th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I liked that he grew into the realisation of how much like his father he was. Very nicely done!
foxrafer
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Its those kinds of similarities that often are the most striking.
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