Author: Aranel Took

Nominator: Aranel Took

2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Drabble

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A bit of Dwarven romance. (100 words. Written for a drabble challenge, which had to use the words 'tradition', 'jewel', 'reverence', and 'acquiesce')

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Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 5

The idea for this Dwarven tradition sounds very plausible for their culture, especially as I imagine the fact that there were so few Dwarven women gave them some advantages when it came to choosing their future husbands. In addition, skill in the suitors' respective crafts is surely something the women would take into account when making their choice. A nice, engaging touch is that this drabble has Gloin and his future wife as the protagonists: it's fun to imagine that this might indeed have happened when Gimli's parents were courting, and to think of the stout Dwarf we know from TH and LotR as an endearingingly nervous and smitten suitor awaiting judgement from his love.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 5

Romantic and sweet, but with a very Dwarven spin to it. The ancient tradition ties in nicely with what little canon exists, and is well thought-out: incorporating the Dwarven emphasis on craftsmanship and the upper hand that women would have in choosing a husband, and thus their power in granting the boon of additional privacy in which to further the courtship. While it would be a charming look at even an unnamed couple, this carries extra punch because we've seen Gloin in other, very different situations. The contrast between that dour, stout warrior and this ["trembling in his boots"] suitor is wonderful.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

I enjoyed this thought very much. I appreciate plausible departures from the actual text, and the idea that craftsmanship among dwarves would be used to woo seems wonderfully appropriate. I thought the very last phrase, however, could have been modified to take the story a mite further, rather than repeat what we had already been told.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

I'd never thought to be enchanted by the courtship of Dwarves, but this one of Gloin and his lady love is delightful. The image of Gloin giving the object of his desire the reverence usually reserved for a rich vein of ore is priceless!

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 3

this is wonderfully insightful to the Dwarfish cultural, respectful of the love and respect of craft. I like how you compared his awe of her to a rich vein of ore. And of course, Glóin very well impressed his lady.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, I really like the Dwarven tradition that Aranel Took has created in this drabble. It seems entirely convincing that a male Dwarf would have to convince a female Dwarf – in such short supply! – of his craftsmanship as well as his personal charms. This really is a lovely notion and Aranel does a very nice job of expressing it here. Good work!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

Very Dwarven! I can see young dwarves in life evaluating potential lovers in just this way. Nicely done, Aranel.