A Great Cause for Concern

Author: Alassante

Nominator: Alassante

2008 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Legolas arrives in the Undying Lands with an unexpected companion and has some explaining to do.

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Reviewed by: viv  ✧  Score: 10

I think you really outdid yourself on this one, Miz Alassante. I especially dug how Galadriel poofed up Aule’s ego in her little speech (something along the lines of “You sure did a good job making those dwarves, didn’t you now, Aule-boy?”). I hear those Valar types cannot resist such stuff (walkin talkin egos, all). And Gimli himself: How adorable is his enduring Galadriel-worship? Awwww! And it was also amusing to think of Gandalf being rapped on the knuckles for bring the ringbearers over the waters (even though that scene was off stage, so to speak). But what really makes this a gem of a piece instead of just amusing fluff is that last bit, the bit in Legolas’s head, where he says basically that he would have gone back to Middle-earth with Gimli if the Valar had not allowed the dwarf to crash their little paradise garden party. That’s true friendship right there, and in those few words Legolas shows what it means to be “dwarf-friend.” (Good example of “show not tell” writing, by the way!) I love Legolas/Gimli friendship pieces in general, but so many of them get bogged down either in movieverse nonsense or in stilted pseudo-Tolkienstyle. You’ve avoided both traps here and offered up a really nice little ficlet. Now excuse me: I gotta go hug me a dwarf.

Reviewed by: nau_tika  ✧  Score: 4

This was a sweet story, about a moment in time I hadnt considered in great detail before. I can understand the entire experience must have been more than a little disconcerting for Legolas, but at least he was in good company. I would like to have seen the inital moments between Gimli and his host to see if the greeting he used was similar to the one with Eomer in the movie or if Gimli has mellowed, but perhaps that is best left to the imagination. Great story!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 4

I often wondered what happened when Legolas turned up in the Undying Lands with Gimli.This story answers the question in a most agreeable fashion. I always asume that the ship would have foundered had Gimli not been allowed. I especially enjoyed the idea that Aule would have wanted to meet his child and that Galadriel would speak on Gimli's behalf. I personally believe it was she who begged the Valar that Gimli be allowed to come. A most interesting and enjoyable story very well told.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter  ✧  Score: 4

Interesting approach on the complications Gimli's entering of the Undying lands might have caused. I liked Aule's curiosity and Gimli's noble spirit. Only Legolas came over as a bit naive and somewhat too unconcerned for my taste, since he would probably have known very well what reason the Valar might have had to summon only days after he entered the Undying Lands - with a Dwarf in tow. Anyway, I liked the story very much. Thank you for writing and sharing.

Reviewed by: elea24  ✧  Score: 4

This is a really touching piece. I think there is so much to be said for the friendship of Legolas and Gimli and this doesn't fail to capture it wonderfully. For me this encorporates just the right amount of pathos and humour. I particularly like the way even the likes of Galadriel and Gandalf are treated like wayward offspring by the Valar.It makes for a very amusing visual.

Reviewed by: Keiliss  ✧  Score: 4

Aw, I really liked this. Aulë has always been a bit of a favourite of mine, and I can well imagine he would want a chance to get to know more about the doings of his children over the sea. I loved the fact that Galadriel came forward to speak for Gimli, which is exactly what I would have expected of her. Poor Legolas though -I had to smile at his reaction to being seen as the troublemaker.

Reviewed by: Amarok  ✧  Score: 4

That is a very nice little story about how Legolas and Gimli arrive in the Undying Lands. I enjoyed especially Galadriel's interference. And of course I loved the reason why Aule allowed Gimli to stay in the end: because of friendship and loyalty. That Legolas now is viewed as someone causing trouble I find rather amusing. He indeed is in good company with Gandalf. I loved the end.

Reviewed by: Robinka  ✧  Score: 3

I adore every single bit of this story: a lightly ironic hint at the Valar's overgrown egos, humor, Galadriel's attitude, Aule's need to know more about the dwarves, and finally Legolas and Gimli proving that their friendship is eternal. Very beautiful, touching little tale. Greatly done!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Yes, much explaining to do. I loved that Gandalf had been required to account for Frodo and Bilbo, but perhaps what really made the story for me was Gimli's attitude. He never seemed to doubt his place. You could tell by his expectant looks toward Legolas, and when Gimli himself spoke, it was with confidence and courage. Great characterization.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A delight to read again as we watch Aule examine the friendship between Gimli and Legolas. Legolas, a troublemaker? Not really! Heh! A wonderful tribute to this unusual friendship and the loyalty between dwarf and elf. Beautifully written.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 3

Indeed, this is a question that needed to be addressed! I agree with your reasoning that Galadriel would speak up for Gimli and that the friendship he has brought between elves and drwarves is the crucial point. I think the end would have been stronger without the very last paragraph.

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 3

What a delight to find this listed here. This is one that's a delight to read and reread. It's not only fun, but insightful as well. I especially enjoyed the debate and the back and forth discussions and reasonings.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: 3

A very nice story, funny in parts but beautifully written in others, as when Galadriel speaks of Legolas' and Gimli's friendship. And the last paragraph. I liked also that Aule wished to speak with Gimli for awhile to catch up with his children.

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 3

Very well done. I can certainly imagine it going this way, from the people that spoke on Gimli's behalf, to what they said, to the reason he was finally allowed to stay. But my favorite part is the idea of Aule looking forward to speaking with Gimli and hearing the stories of his children. That is great!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

A very touching story; I don't think I'd thought of Legolas facing the *Valar's* ire, but the reasons (both for why they were angry and why they allowed him to stay) were very fitting.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

nicely turned out. beautiful finished product.

Reviewed by: Sivan Shemesh  ✧  Score: 1

I enjoy it... poor Legolas.