Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Aglarond

Author: annmarwalk
Nominator: Branwyn
2006 Award Category: Races: Dwarves: Fixed-Length Ficlet - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: The dwarves also are poets, in their own way.


Reviewed by: Branwyn -- Score: 6

Gimli is turned into the comic relief side-kick in the films and is often overshadowed by the other characters in the books, but in this lovely drabble, annmarwalk gives him the center stage. To Gimli the dwarf, the stonemason's art is an expression of love--his love for Galadriel and his love of the creative process itself. There is also a love and respect for his materials which he uses with great care. One of my favorite passages in the LOTR is when Gimli tries to explain to an uncomprehending Legolas the wonders of the Glittering Caves. He describes the geological formations as if they are living plants, and in this drabble, the writer picks up on that imagery of [glades of flowering stone.] I also liked Gimli's proud comment that his artistry is not inferior to that of a poet; the applied arts are not inferior to the fine arts. A very interesting glimpse into the mind and motivation of Gimli. I enjoyed this very much! .

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

A perfect and beautiful drabble. I love the notion of Dwarves as poets writing their verse with stone and hammer, bringing forth beauty from stone. The concept of skill in carving being as delicate an art as any bard's work fits the dwarves, and Gimli, who seems a particularly broad-minded one, excellently. And there's a lovely echo of Gimli's devotion to Galadriel!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

Here, you have taken the essential character of dwarves and distilled it into just one hundred words. They are not elves who craft pretty words, but neither are they orcs who eschew all beauty. I found it touching that Gimli did not try to carve Galadriel's likeness in stone but settled for her name. That's a step toward the other, elven reality he has been exposed to, but still is very dwarven. Nice job catching this enigmatic culture.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass -- Score: 4

This is so very Dwarven I can practically hear the ringing of the hammers. I love the image of Gimli working in Aglarond, with greatest reverence and patience creating art from what so many would consider heartless stone. And his motivation (at least here) being Galadriel is wonderful as well - an Elf inspiring the creation of such beauty in a Dwarf is a lovely idea, and one that I'm sure would surprise a great many people of both races, and Men as well.

Reviewed by: Mechtild -- Score: 3

I had completely forgot about Gimli and Galadriel, reading Too Few Words. Can you believe it? No wonder Zei didn’t stand a chance. This was acutely observed, Ann, the way Gimli "composed" or "painted" with a hammer (rather than a pen or brush) applied to stone.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

Nice incorporation of book quotes - the [small chip of rock and no more, in a whole anxious day] and that Gimli [tends these glades of flowering stone] recalls his conversation with Legolas very well. I like the comparison of the stonewright with the poet, and the idea that the hammer is Gimli's stylus, all of Aglarond but his way of writing a single them: Galadriel.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion -- Score: 3

There's a study eloquence here that is very characteristic of the Dwarves and shows very believably how they would view poetry - as idealy being a product of their hands as much as their hearts and minds.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Very nicely done! I was always moved in the books by Gimli's poetic streak--as when he made his courtly reply to Galadriel, or when he described Aglarond to Legolas. This makes use of both in a very elegant way.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

It was wonderful to see Gimli as a crafter here, rather than a warrior. I know that he must judge all beautiful things now by she who is most fair so it is fitting that she is his inspiration.

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 2

This is a very nice deeply insightful view of Dwarves and what's important to them - and how their own art is equal to that of other races.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 2

I like how you used the vocabulary of poetry to describe another thing of beauty: something done with artistry and love.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 2

Gimli is such a great character - capable of tremendous strength and the deepest devotion. I can see him displaying that in every work of his hands and breath he takes. Lovely.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

A lovely idea, that Galadriel would forever be a muse for Gimli as he crafted his most beautiful works.

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 1

Lovely language, and a worthy accolade to the folk of Durin.