Author: Aranel Took

Nominator: Aranel Took

2008 Award Category: Races: Dwarves: Drabbles

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

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Gimli contemplates home and family.(100 words. Challenge: the drabble had to use the words scheme, mountain, consider, other.)

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 5

[Yes, even that elf.] *snerks* That line was brilliant, not just for its humor but because it keeps the piece from getting a tad maudlin, as is so easy with post-quest drabbles. It may be okay for an elf or even a man or hobbit to pontificate about feelings, but for a dwarf --especially *this* dwarf-- it is crucial to his character that he snap out of it. I can very easily see this happening. On a more practical note, I loved the details of how the dwarves are building Aglarond. That gave the drabble a nice use of realism and also struck me as very dwarvish (to be so absorbed in the artisanship). It's details like these that make drabbles such a joy to read, and this drabble does a nice job of working those details in seamlessly.

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213  ✧  Score: 4

Aranel has such a great sense of humor and it surely shows in the punchline of this neat little fic from Gimli's viewpoint as he considers his new home in the Glittering Caves. For such a short piece, Aranel's word choices are so evocative. I formed a picture right away of the new community. Aranel has set her talents to the DC 'verse, which is immensely entertaining, but I hope she continues to visit Middle-earth, too.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 4

It's fascinating to contemplate just how Gimli might have fulfilled his dream to work in the Glittering Caves, as he had wished to do. This drabble depicts the care and practicality he and his Dwarven companions employ within the natural wonder that is their workplace, and is slowly becoming their home. I must admit that last line caught me off-guard and made me laugh out loud: It was such an unexpected departure from the contemplative, practical tone of the preceding lines; and I can fully imagine the tone with which it was said.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 4

I really enjoyed reading the contrasts between Gimli's past and present homes. The bits of practical details and information about expansion, etc., ground the drabble as true reflections of this particular Dwarf, as well as feed my intense interest in how things went for my beloved LotR characters in the Fourth Age. Terrific thoughts on friendships, especially that last line: yes, home is where the heart is!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

I love the little snapshots in time that drabbles can create, and this is a brilliant one. The transition of stepping away from one's roots and creating an actual home is a big step, and this gives us a small glimpse into what it must have been like for Gimli to do so. Very effective.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This was a very satisfying drabble, as solid and dependable as the Dwarf himself. I love his satisfaction, both as a homeowner and an artist, with the work he's done in his new domain. Best of all are his refections on why he is now relocated--and what family now means to him.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Home is where one makes it - and in the case of Dwarves, the saying works both figuratively and literally! Nice description, in a brief space, of Gimli's building of his new home, and of the relationships that have come to mean 'home' to him as even Erebor cannot.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

This piece has such nice elements - community growing with the rock and that home for Gimli is in part people. Well imagined.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

To find that Aglarond had become his home must have felt both strange and strangely right! And love the final thought--so Gimli!

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

challenge well met. congrads.