Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Dwarves Treasure

Author: eiranae
Nominator: viv
2008 Award Category: Races: Dwarves - Second Place

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: My story discusses war and death. I thought it would be too violent for a general audience.
Summary: The beginning of the story is all that is completed at this time. The animosity between the Dwarves and the elves is well known. What happens then when a tiny orphan Elf is found outside of the Lonely Mountain? Will the two groups be reconciled, or will the Dwarves' treasure be stolen once again?

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 9

You know what I love about this story? It isn't just that it's about dwarves, or even that it portrayed dwarves as something other than (a) annoying comic relief or (b) the metaphorical spitoon of a bunch of hoity first-age elves. It's that this story extends and embellishes a theme that Tolkien touched on but sadly (at least in my mind) failed to expand on: celebrating racial diversity, even in Middle-earth. At the fore in this story is Duron, who starts out as big-hearted and able to accept an elf child into his life and, ultimately, into his soul. But as the story continues, other dwarves, and even a few elves, learn that folks of other races aren't precisely as they'd believed. I love the conversation between Gimli and Mireth at the beginning of Chapter 6. This is where Gimli's journey, the one that ultimately leads him to both Fangorn *and* the Aglarond, begins, I think. Other themes also wind in and out of the piece: parenthood, patience, identity. For such a seemingly straightforward story, this one highlights a lot of Tolkien subtext as well as breaking new ground in its own right. I am looking forward to wherever eiranae takes me next.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 8

Every time I see this story (and I see more of it than others) I'm reminded of the Dr. Seuss Book "Oh the Places You'll Go". I remember worrying about how to tell a writer who admitted a lack of confidence in her first story that, with some hard work, it could be great. Thankfully you took the suggestions and critique with enthusiasm and grace, rolled up your sleeves, and a year [(Yes, Eira, a year! I couldn't quite believe it either,)] later, look at what you've got. A look into the mines and minds of Dwarves, and images of them as a people and a culture, not as a plot device rearing up before the Star Character comes back on set; a companion set to the Gimli/Legolas canon relationship that, to my thinking at least, is canon plausible, and adorable besides; a trip through the late Third Age before the War of the Ring, from the perspectives of three of the most overlooked rulers (Dain, Thranduil and Elrond) in the alliance that sees us to the end of evil in Middle-earth; a fun to read, young reader friendly gap filler that has reminded me, at least, of what fun it can be to be a child, and how open the hearts of the young can truly be. ["Oh, oh the places you'll go"] So, where are we off to next?

Reviewed by: elea24 -- Score: 8

This is such a sweet story that doesn't fail to tug at the heart-strings. Watching Mireth as she grows with the dwarves is a delight. She is such a joy to read about and I can that so many would wish to keep her as their own. Seeing at first her endearing differences and then, later, her assimilation into the culture and inability to see what makes her different is lovely and dealt with very touchingly. The characterisation is good and I like the fact that wider factors are brought in, such as Thranduil's grief over his father's death and Elrond's fears about the growing attachment between Arwen and Aragorn. It was also nice to see a cheeky young Legolas, enjoying meriment in his father's halls. I am most definitely looking forward to its continuation. I would also love to see what kind of difficulties a dwarven-raised elf would face if she finally rejoined elvish company -what prejudices would she have and how would she cope with the culture class? Well, they have caves in Mirkwood, so maybe she would be best suited there, I wonder?

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Shades of Captain Carrot! Terry Pratchett would recognize Mireth, I think! All she needs is a famous sword! I'm sorry--I love the Discworld books, and this brought things to mind is all! A group of Elves headed from Rivendell to Mirkwood to see relatives there has been slaughtered just as Gandalf and Balin, returning from a visit to the Shire, come on the scene. Gandalf sees to it that Balin doesn't appropriate any of the obvious things--necklaces, swords, other jewelry or weapons; but he doesn't see the chest under the shrubbery that Balin manages to spirit away to Erebor--and opens to find perhaps the greatest treasure of all! Now, you need to finish this--I want to read the rest of the story!

Reviewed by: Robinka -- Score: 4

A very interesting premise and a nice cross-cultural concept, wonderfully thought out and skilfully delivered. Here, an orphaned elven child is found by dwarves, who take care of her, and in the process she quickly finds the way into the heart of especially one of them. Very good characterizations, I love the portrayals of both Mireth and her dwarven foster father. A touching and very well written story, Eiranae! Thank you!

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina -- Score: 3

A very interesting plot. The dwarves are portrayed very nicely! And little Mir is adorable. Eirae has done a wonderful job of showing just what could happen if a dwarf were to raise an elf child. Engaging and enjoyable to read.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A wonderful concept - the idea of a bereaved dwarf taking in an orphaned elf is, given the geography of Erebor, certainly possible. Will the dwarf, who loves the foundling girl more each day, be able to keep her, as her presence is not revealed to her true people, or will he have to let her go? I look forward to reading more of the story as/when it is written.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 3

I keep wanting to call this story "precious," except that in LotR culture, that has an entirely different meaning. But if I could use the normal sense of the word, I would. It's not quite "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" or "The Ugly Duckling," but the premise is similar and the elven child is definitely cuter. Fun, charming, and endearing.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This is an intriguing premise: the Dwarves of Erebor find an orphan Elven child, and one of them ends up keeping her as his own. The unlikelihood of this is covered by the OCs backstory, and it ends up being rather plausible after all. I find myself wondering what will happen...

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 2

This is really an interesting cross-cultural look at what might happen if an infant elf was found and raised by Dwarves. I hope to see more of this, it's a good read!