Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Earth and Sky

Author: Elena Tiriel
Nominator: sulriel
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Drabble - Second Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: "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." (The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dm")

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

Hmm, interesting thought, that it would be grief that would cause that first bond between Legolas and Gimli. This drabble reminded me a lot of grafting -- how one might take a limb from one tree and put it in a cut in a new tree, and the two would grow into something different. Of course, both have to be open to change, and at least one must be sliced open. What better time to do this when they're at their lowest point? The fact that through his own sadness Legolas could see the especial hurt Gimli was going through, well that says something. Quite loudly, as a matter of fact.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

I love the way this drabble became a turning point in the animosity between elf and dwarf. Legolas's thoughts about Gimli feeling loss as keenly as any elf seemed to set the stage, and then the thoughts of black blood on blades and red blood within were great. It's an even more fitting analogy with the realization that they are both warriors and their trade is essentially blood. Good introspection and good descriptive work.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 3

You capture this moment of transformation in Legolas very well in this drabble and I love that. I am very impressed at how well you convey the very moment when Legolas finds something to relate to in Gimli. And I agree, this is the moment as I picture it too. And I like Gimli in this too. Through Legolas's eyes, we can really feel his grief. Well done.

Reviewed by: Leaward -- Score: 3

Here's one of those gems that I mentioned before. I love that you can take a single line and write a scene around it. Wonderfully done -- and it shows the change between Legolas and Gimli and how the acceptance of a former enemy became a friend. Lovely, Elena Tiriel!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Perhaps this was the moment that tolerance for a colleague began to turn into empathy for a friend. Gimli is revealed as a person of deep feeling--one who would later tear his beard by the roots when he thought a small hobbit dead. And Legolas is revealed as a person of great compassion, though he'd strive to hide it.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

The beginings of a truely ever-lasting friendship, tested by fire and standing through the ages. We should all be so blessed.

Reviewed by: picara -- Score: 2

I enjoyed seeing this pivotal moment between Gimli and Legolas (one of my favorite characters). Very poignantly written. Well done!

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

A very clever look at the begining of the friendship between Legolas and Gimli, and the more general view of the conflict between elves and dwarves.

Reviewed by: Azalais -- Score: 2

Isn't it extraordinary how exactly the same moment of book-time can breed such different drabbles? I particularly like "his rock-solid heart bleeds blood as red as mine".