Knife Work

Author: Thundera Tiger

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Cross-Cultural

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Vignette set in the middle of Helm's Deep. A quick explanation for something odd that happens in the middle of the Orc-killing game between Legolas and Gimli. Aragorn and Eomer appear, too.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I honestly never thought much about that quote before, but I will now, every time I read the books. I guess it never occurred to me that it took that much time to use his knife (knives?) instead of a bow. Duh to me! Well done.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

A good vignette and a very good explanation for the small increase in Legolas's number in his contest with Gimli. This is another I can put in my head as faux-canon. Legolas gets off so unscathed in the movies that we sometimes forget he was the only Elf at Helm's Deep in the book. And Orcs and Uruks do hate Elves, don't they? I'd recommend this one to anyone. It plays well in the cinema of the mind. Well done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

An entertaining vignette about the orc slaying scorecard that seems so disproportionate in its early stages. It could have happened this way, even though I'm not sure I quite buy the explanation. But hey, it's a fun action sequence, and we get a somewhat rare interaction between √Čomer, Legolas, and Aragorn. The newcomer, √Čomer, gets a brief glimpse into a more established friendship between Legolas and Aragorn that allows for some friendly if morbid humorous banter that helps the reader shift gears after Legolas finally succeeds in slaying his twenty-fourth orc.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

Well done gap filler and the characterizations are particularly good, each one being as true to real as possible. It also shows in a nice way how the oddly matched cultures managed to workl together.