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The Maiden in the Tree

Summary: Young Oropher has his first glimpse of Nellas. 102 words.

Author’s note: In my stories, Nellas eventually married Oropher in Doriath, thus becoming Thranduil’s mother.


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The sunlight glittered on something among the leaves. Something that seemed like pure gold. Oropher looked up, curious now, and saw that it was the hair of a maiden, ash blonde and gleaming like winter sunshine.

She must have been of the Nandor folk, dark-eyed, lovely and shy, living in a tree like the woodland maidens of old tales, who would let down their long hair, so that the youngling of their choice could climb up on it like on a rope.

He wondered, whether she would do so for him if he asked. But he dared not to ask – yet.

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