Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

He Stands Not Alone

Author: Azalais
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Drabble - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: "Gimli had to be dragged away by Legolas: in spite of the peril he lingered by Balin's tomb with his head bowed." FoTR, The Bridge of Khazad-Dum - but what did Legolas think?.


Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel -- Score: 8

Oh, now this is so chilling. You start with an obviously dire warning from Gandalf, then use a phrase like "forever entombed in darkness", which is claustrophobia-inducing. It is clear that everyone is fleeing for their lives... and I shivered in fear. Then you use a phrase like "Something about the shape of the air behind me"... Azalais, that is such a beautiful turn of phrase! Reading it was a revelation, like seeing a whole new side of Elven senses, and understanding them for the first time! It was breathtaking.... Then, without even thinking about it, the Elf rescues the Dwarf, despite his fear of being trapped as the orcs arrive... and after they can pause a bit, the Dwarf thanks him in his typically laconic Dwarf fashion... Somehow, I can envision Legolas really beginning to see Gimli as a person here (albeit perhaps a very annoying one) and know now that a friendship can develop. Excellent work, Azalais! (And both the title and the quote are favorites of mine...)

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 5

Despite the peril of the Fellowship's position at the time, this drabble suggests a rather humble beginning to Legolas' and Gimli's friendship. The almost unthinking reaction of Legolas, to go back for a companion without thought of racial divisions so much as crossing his mind and Gimli's unselfconscious thanks point to the fact that there never was a decision involved in drawing closer to each other. It just happened, as my favorite line indicates: "Something about the shape of the air behind me makes me look round: no Dwarf."

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

When I was reading this two things really jumped out at me. First, Legolas senses that Gimli is not with them by the shape of the air around him. How sensitive, how elf-like! But also it shows that Legolas is not overly sentimental about Gimli at this point, which seemed right to me. Also, that Gimli merely calls Legolas "Elf". It's gruff, almost insulting, and again is not taking the easy way out of sentimentality. This is a large part of why I like Az's drabbles so much: they don't force real life into 100 words, just give us an appropriately-sized slice.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

I love that moment in Moria, when Legolas drags Gimli from Balin's tomb. And I like how the title references another moment when Legolas stepped in when Gimli looked as though he might need assistance. But perhaps I like best the fact that in this story, Legolas acted without thought. It was just something he did, and that says a lot about him. What says almost as much is the fact that Gimli thanked him at the end. Good characterization.

Reviewed by: elfqueen2003 -- Score: 3

"The others followed; but Gimli had to be dragged away by Legolas: in spite of the peril he lingered by Balin's tomb with

his head bowed."
FoTR, The Bridge of Khazad-Dum. Oh, and Gandalf's opening line is a direct lift from that chapter. I read and reread the books I can't believe I misssed or forgot this. Stupid movies make you forget what is in the books after awhile.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

This is a terrific drabble. It packs so much into the 100 words - the drama and imperativeness of the moment is very sharp, and I could see this playing out in my mind's eye. Very, very good!

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting view of this event.