The Last Grey Ship

Author: ErinRua

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Post-War of the Ring - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The voice of the Sea merely whispers, until the reasons to stay pass on. Aragorn's days are ending, and Gimli faces more farewells as Legolas looks to the West ... How the story may have ended. Book-derived per ROTK Appendixes. Gap-filler. Drama, angst, friendship. Non-slash.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Lovely. Did you sniffle as you wrote this? I certainly did while I read it. Great gap-filling story!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

I cried the first time I read this story, and I cried when I reread it a few weeks ago. Especially the line "the world was grown ever so much larger and full of echoes" - this captures the very heart of grief, I think. You also nailed all of the characterizations, especially Gimli's! When he was talking about wanting a meal, a cup, and a bed, I laughed out loud. To be honest, he and Legolas remind me of the Odd Couple, which is a compliment in my book. Even your smaller parts, like that of Eldarion, was nice. If you asked me to point out what was wrong, I think I may have noticed one or two typos (the beta in me will never rest!), but besides that it really was perfect. Brava!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Bittersweet, and yet hopeful, too. I loved Gimli's line, that he wished he could stop looking. That was perfect! Gimli and Legolas bantering is a staple of their friendship in fandom, and here we see it put to good effect on the eve of a difficult decision, following a most difficult loss. As for the tale of the Elessar, I found it quite appropriate: this is the ending of an Age, and not just of an Age but of an entire kind of history. Middle-earth's magic is fading, and the artifacts of that era are out of time and place, and must either go to dust or outside the dominion of the mundane world.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a wonderful story, beautifully written. What more can I say? The heavier emotions are there, sadness and grief, but even the comedy is brilliant. Laughter through tears is one of the best things a story can bring out in a reader, I think.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I've told you this before (in my review on Stories of Arda, part of which is copied here), but this is one of my top favorite handful of stories -- and I've probably read at least a thousand LoTR fanfics. The friendship between Legolas and Gimli stirs my soul, after probably the dozenth time I've read this story. Your words are magic. I go back to read your story again and again when I want to be inspired by the richness of your language, that paints such evocative word-pictures. And the interaction between Legolas and Gimli (and Aragorn) is incredible -- these friends know each other so well. (Like, you can't get an Elf to stir when he doesn't want to, and can't get him to stop once he has decided to go -- badly paraphrased, I know, but it seems like such a spot-on assessment of Legolas. Actually, it reminds me of someone I know: me! LOL!) And Gimli's enormous sorrow when he thinks his friend will leave, and he will miss him but doesn't want to get in his way. (I always cry at the part where Legolas looses his last arrow on Middle-earth; it just seems so final; of course, that's only after I have finally dried my eyes from the first parts of the story... and then start blubbering again at the end...) You can tug on my heart-strings any day, ErinRua!