Of Pipes and Poetry
Author: Thevina Finduilas
2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: Post-War of the Ring - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: An evening in Fangorn Forest when things hidden come to light. Legolas tries smoking and unwittingly discovers that he doesn't know as much about his Dwarvish friend as he thought. That he writes poetry, for instance.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
Nice little story. The poetry was good and I like that we could see the edits and form Gimli was making with it. And that we get to see to see from Legolas' eyes as he discovers more depths of this friend.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Oh! I liked the idea that Galadriel came back to Middle Earth because she was drawn to it, and Gimli, with his knowledge of the secrets of earth being th one to write a poem in her honor. Nicely done.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
Wonderful glimpse into this friendship. I especially liked Gimli's verse. It wasn't really in what I think of as a Dwarvish mode, but rather felt like a dwarf trying to approximate something more Elven. (Somehow I can't see the AABA four-foot form of a lot of the songs in _The Hobbit_ as working for Galadriel anyway, and Gimli's smart enough to know it.)
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Finally, a story that picks up on Galadriel's observation that Gimli's skill isn't just in his hands, but his words! The dwarf who could get away with a request for hair off Galadriel's head with praise for the courtesy of his request from the giver herself obviously could have been a word-smith. There's some sliding about in terms of what is the focus of the story-that Gimli writes, and his relationship with words, Galadriel, and Legolas, or Legolas and his coming to know Gimli better-but I did like that these two great friends still have a lot to learn about each other. They have quite a bit of growing to do so that their friendship goes beyond the occasional orc-slaying match, so that it becomes a friendship fit for time of peace, when martial skill will be less needed.
Reviewed by: Lady Aranel ✧ Score: N/A
Excellent characterizations. A wonderful view of the stout hearted Gimli as a romantic! Curious Legolas.... I loved it!