Author: Isabeau of Greenlea
2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Vignette - First Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: After the battle of Helm's Deep, Gimli fixes his axe.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Lovely. I enjoyed seeing this little scene. I wondered a lot where Legolas got more arrows and if the others spent their free time sharpening their blades, I'm glad Gimli had somewhere to fix his axe.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
This is one of my favorite stories, and I'm not even going to attempt to dive into all the hidden meanings within it. I've found enough to blow me away already, and I'm certain there's more but it almost gives me a headache to think of it. Gimli is in great form, and I love the little details he gives out, such as his suspicions that the Orc's collar hailed from Moria even though he can't prove it. The fact that he tries to recover it is a telling point in its own right, but eventually, he settles for more practical matters and moves past Moria. In fact, this story moves past quite a bit. Legolas's appearance toward the end is a welcome addition and allows Gimli to say that very few ever see dwarves work. Legolas and Gimli have moved past that as well, and once the repairs on the axe are finished, they move past the Hornburg and prepare to face whatever comes next. Things can be fixed, as Gimli shows us, even if the hurt came from the plunder of his own people. Great story from just a surface perspective, and brilliant tale when its depth is taken into account.
Reviewed by: Aelfwina ✧ Score: N/A
Gimli, being Gimli. Beautiful description of the way he lovingly and with great care fixes all the notches of battle, and finds in the work a release for the aftermath.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
I loved most the character interaction, which was subdued but spoke a lot about the friendship between Gimli and Legolas. Very interesting thing you did with the repetition of "my axe is notched". Very well written little story.
Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel ✧ Score: N/A
This is one of my absolute favorite stories, and I have read many Tolkien fan fictions. Gimli's personality really shows through his pride of craft -- he knew that not just any orc collar could notch the blade he had forged himself. You can respect the "differentness" of the Dwarves by Gimli's comments about how a warrior is judged by the quality of care he lavishes on his weapons and armor. Gimli's approach to repairing his axe is very practical; he goes about the repair process in a very quiet, experienced way. I love the interaction between Legolas and Gimli: Once he sees that the Elf has arrived, Gimli immediately takes charge and assigns him a task, and dismisses Legolas' real concern for his head wound. It amuses me that he ascribes Legolas' good qualities to his mother -- guess Dwarves don't like Thranduil much! I also very much liked that Gimli talked Legolas into surrendering his knives so he could give them an keener edge (did you know: one knife is book-verse, two knives is movie-verse? I just found that out recently...), and that he allowed Legolas to watch him at work; I was touched by the level of mutual trust and respect these actions showed between the two warriors. Also, though he is clearly extremely proud, I liked that Gimli would admit to Legolas that he is but an "ordinary" smith, whose talents lie more with prospecting new mines. Some of your phrases are simply perfection embodied: "my arms remembered the proper rhythm of the hammer" -- I understand that feeling when I try to ride a bike again; also like "a gleaming crescent of proper silver death" -- so infinitely Dwarvish! The repetitiveness of the phrase "My axe was notched" echoes the repetitiveness of the work Gimli does at the forge, and it pulls the story together into a tightly-knit, cohesive vignette, and also provides a very satisfying ending when you change the "was" to "had been". There is something compelling about "left the fire to die without looking back" -- reminds me of Gimli leaving Middle-earth without looking back. This story is truly a work of art!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Another piece that got at that single-minded dwarvish tenacity. The repeated line worked very well, orders Gimli's actions and concerns, orders the unfolding of the story, and gives us a glimpse of how the dwarvish mind works in this one particular dwarf. Legolas feels to me more like an elf from "The Hobbit"-there's something almost child-like about him, despite the turn of talk to weapons-smithing.