Dance of Terrible Grace

Author: Adina ATL

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Vignette

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes

Summary: What first drew Legolas to Gimli?

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

I love almost anything involving Legolas and Gimli, so of course I loved this little vignette. But what I really liked about it was how quickly it characterized Legolas in the beginning and how well it defended what could be a slightly unorthodox characterization, at least according to fandom opinions. It makes sense to my mind, especially given the fact that Legolas and Gimli made a contest of their kills at Helm's Deep, so I appreciated it. And using that characterization to form a bridge between elf and dwarf was very nice. It fit the scene, and I can easily see Legolas prizing someone who enjoyed the thrill of battle.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

I greatly appreciate the much emboldened and distinctly scary Legolas in this fic. It certainly makes sense of later significant Legolas-Gimli interaction in TTT, and the idea that Legolas first saw beauty in Gimli during the skirmish in Moria works well here. I also simply love this line for its in-your-face defiance of fanon: "I love to kill.... Does it not fit your image of an elf, care-free and ethereal, Fa-la-la-la-laley, welcome to the valley?" The valley of the shadow of death, perhaps! Short but worth a few reads, especially when one grows tired of frolicking, peace-loving Elves and wonder where the Legolas went who counted coup with such glee at Helm's Deep.

ADMIN note: excessive quote to be scored

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 4

This was a really interesting read -- a totally different perspective on Legolas than anything I've seen before. I like that he has a 'dark side' like this -- after what he and his people have endured in Mirkwood, it is in character but so different from those 'tra lalalala-lalley' type elves that are normally shown. And it also explains why the shift towards friendship with Gimli -- a shared enemy often binds two disparate, desperate peoples. Well told, Adina ATL.

Reviewed by: Beethoven's 7th  ✧  Score: 2

Wow, Very descriptive. A darker side of the lovely Legolas, but not out of line. I loved "he was mine!" hinted at the future rivalry. I'm not sure i would have used beautiful in the last line, but that's just me. A well done piece nonetheless.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

I really like your story. Too often Legolas is reduced to a bit of a pansy, but here we see him in all the fury of his Wood-elf glory. Shades of Celeborn, even. Well done.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: 1

A disturbing, yet graceful, look at how Legolas fights and how he comes to appreciate a certain Dwarf. Well written.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: 1

NIcely done. I liked the sort of poetic style. I could see what was happening.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 1

A great, flash of an idea unfortunately, I thought, weighed down with too much unnecessary description.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

An intreaging vignette.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

A very chilling and plausible reason for the friendship between Legolas and Gimli. The enemy of my enemy is my friend...