Speak, Friend, and Enter

Author: Thevina Finduilas

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: The Silmarillion - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A tale of Dwarves and Elves, of artisans, the creation of the great West-Gate at Khazad-dum, and unlikely authors. Legolas and Gimli, and Narvi and Celebrimbor. Humor, but with a serious nod to Elvish/Dwarvish relations during their heyday as well as musings on Dwarvish culture in general.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This story reminded me of nothing so much as a very intricate balancing act. And in more ways than one. There was the balancing act performed by Legolas and Celebrimbor in attempting to satisfy their dwarven companions. And there was balancing on part of Gimli and Narvi in doing the same. The narrative itself balanced back and froth between Fourth Age Erebor and Second Age Hollin/Khazad-dûm. The give and take between two very different peoples was handled extremely well, and the contrasting settings of past and present were juxtaposed perfectly. A wonderful story of compromise, realization, and how the important things never truly fade away.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

A very enjoyable tale, indeed! Gimli and Legolas as a sort of later parallel of Narvi and Celebrimbor was a great way of exploring both relationships and giving these otherwise singular friendships a history. The little glimpses of Dwarvish crafting culture were nicely thought out and exhibited through both stories, and the play on Narvi's gender was marvellous. I'm curious to know why Gimli wouldn't know it-Narvi herself seemed fully immersed in the crafthalls, suggesting that such a thing was not unusual in her time, which makes me wonder why her gender was erased so thoroughly that even one of her descendents (apparently) would refer to her as "he". Or perhaps it's just One Of Those Things We Do Not Share With Outsiders. It is again refreshing to see that after the war, Gimli and Legolas still have their misunderstandings, although at times I thought they were a little too much in evidence. Nevertheless, thoroughly entertaining, and Narvi's last confidence was a great gift indeed-makes me wonder, since apparently Dwarves don't even put their names on their own tombs, whether despite marriage, she was closer to Celebrimbor in spirit than any knew, including her son.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I probably lost some of the nuances of this story, but I still thought I was beautiful. I liked how the two story lines paralleled each other but different in small but in portant ways. And even the same story line paralleled itself, Legolas in Erebor, Gimli in Eryn Lasgalen.