Complicated Allies

Author: Sun Queen

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Rohan - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: battle violence

Summary: The battle of Helm's Deep from the perspective of an unknown soldier, and his view of Legolas and Gimli. Proof that racism was alive and well in Middle Earth. Book-verse.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

This produces a rather unsavoury view of Legolas & Gimli - one I'm not entirely comfortable with. But the story was well told, and the characterizations, if different from how I see them, seem plausible from an Eorling perspective. Well done.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Wow! That was great. I could *see* the three of them through the soldier's eyes. Well done!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Nice vignette desccription of Legolas and Gimli. I'd dispute the "racism" bit, as that requires more than recognition of differences, I think. But well-written nonetheless.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

The description of action in this piece was wonderful, and the description of the Three Hunters from an outside viewpoint really intrigued me. Caught up in battle, the elf and dwarf are forced to reveal themselves for who they really are. They can't pretend to blend into the world of men anymore or stand behind Aragorn and let him take the lead. They're forced into action, and it can no longer be hidden that this is not a fair, reserved man and a short, bearded man but rather an elf and a dwarf. And the contrast, especially given the battle, would be unnerving. Interesting take on it.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

The image of Gimli as a ferocious warrior (thankfully *not* as comic relief) was a big heck-yeah moment for all us dwarf fanciers, or at least it was for this one. Thank you for it.

Reviewed by: Ellbee  ✧  Score: N/A

We as readers are so used to the idea of elves and dwarves that it's interesting to view them through the eyes of one who doesn't know or understand them. Very nice imagery.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

This fiction is excellent! It's one of the best I've read about Helm's deep, full in its description of how terrible it must have been. The description of Legolas and Gimli as terrifying killing machines is wonderful. I don't think the soldier is sure that their allies are a lot better than their enemies. And it is also nice to read some bookverse Helms Deep though I love movie verse as well.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

A chilling account of one man's observation of Legolas and Gimli at Helm's Deep. The summary says "racism is still alive" and that shows, but I like it for what it says about these two. They may be fair or strange to look at, but they are both fearsome worriors, the likes of which Rohan has probably never seen before.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: N/A

Not really racist as the narrator seems enamoured of his subjects. Have to quote "one who would outlive the stars, and the one carved in stone", that line made the whole story worth reading!