Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Amid the festivity of post-war Minas Tirith, Gimli faces a surprising challenge to his own courage, and his trust in his companions.
Reviewed by: dkpalaska ✧ Score: 5
Oh, lovely and humorous and moving all at once. Gimli's voice sounds just right (I seem to recall that annmarwalk really handles dwarves well), and I chuckled through nearly the entire piece. His list of trusted friends balanced against his suspicions of these new acquaintances is set out nicely, as is his final decision to not be outdone, darn it! That moment of insight near the end, though, and sharing the final toast with Legolas - the perfect touch. The bittersweet contrast to the humor that came before really heightens the impact of the whole. And as for the objects in question? LOVE them! I'm on board. *g*
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 5
Good build-up to the punchline - with a "coda" that adds a more serious after-note, which I found was a very intrepid touch. I early on had the suspicion that Gimli's concern had to do with some sea-food (it seems a favourite theme with many writers of humour dealing with Dol Amroth), but Annmarwalk kept me guessing, discarding theories and narrowing down choices with each line - which kept me nicely engaged in this little ficlet. The characterisations were spot on - and I especially liked imagining Gimli's suspicious scowl and Legolas' ambiguous feeling at memories of the Sea.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
It always takes courage to try something new, and Gimli finds inspiration in two who ought to have been even more fastidious than he himself. The reactions are spot on, having seen others having this particular first try and finding they like it. (I myself can't stand the things, unfortunately.) And love Gimli's evaluations of Merry and Pippin here and whether or not they might be putting him on. As for the reaction to their host--Heh! A marvelous little tale, and well, well worth the read, as Ann's stories usually are!
Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion ✧ Score: 4
Anybody who has encountered an oyster for the first time will recognise this reaction with a wry smile - how can anybody want to eat THAT? But just as anybody who has eaten fresh oysters will tell you thay are the very essence of the sea. They taste how the ocean smells and once eaten are never forgotten - like numerous other 'first times' they leave a deep impression! Which is something the author has captured with wit and humour while remaining very close to the canon characterizations of all concerned.
Reviewed by: Avon ✧ Score: 4
That's lovely - very sweet. I love that what seems to be a fun story about Gimli trying something different - oysters, for goodnes sake! - has a final bitter-sweet twist at the end. Life, by then, will never be just simple and sweet without a hidden, half-forgotten sting for Legolas. And that of course means that the sting will always be there, even if more deeply buried and less understood, for the one who loves him best.
Reviewed by: Aranel Took ✧ Score: 3
This one made me laugh! I so understand Gimli's dilemma (it took me an hour to pluck up the courage to try escargot!) but of course he can't let a girl or an *elf* outdo him. Ha! And the ending was very touching, with his glance at Legolas and the understanding Gimli has for his friend.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 3
Nicely spooled out. I didn't guess the riddle until told the answer and was happier that way. And, being as I live in a place where this item is served ceremoniously at Christmas and Thankgiving, this vignette was especially fun.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This is certainly a new twist on courage, and I quite like it; I can see a dwarf reacting in just this way to a challenge, first with reluctance but then with the refusal to be shown up. fellowship fans won't want to miss this one.
Reviewed by: PipMer ✧ Score: 2
This was absolutely delightful! I myself have never experienced what Gimli has to here, so I can certainly identify with his initial reaction to the whole experience. Well done!
Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina ✧ Score: 2
Ugh. I can't abide oysters! But this is a very nice little tale. Legolas and Gimli are perfect!
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 1
i shall never be that courageous!!!!!!!!!