Young Thranduil rushes into a marriage that divides his family and turns him cold and guarded. Follow his and Aerneth's complicated relationship through the Ages, shadowed by his father and a dark world, until at last they find healing and love as Elvenking and Queen of Mirkwood. Stand-alone prequel to my Legolas fic Horse Lady of Rohan. Can be read fandom blind. STATUS: WIP, begun 7/10/2020 ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS: •The Adept Pen Awards 2021: Finalist in the Wordsmith category •The Adept Pen Awards 2021: Finalist in the the Villain category WARNING: This is a rather dark story with flawed characters, but there will be redemption and a happy ending eventually.