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Lord of the Rings


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Back to the Beginning by Adina

'He searched but could not find. For twice the lifespan of a man in these diminished days he searched for the one he had lost. Never had it taken so long; always before he had found his love within a hundred years.' This Fourth Age Legolas/Gimli story runs with a highly unusual premise to its poignant ending, and features an interesting version of the much older Elf. Well worth a read despite a scattering of typos

[Added 20/01/2012; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Legolas, Gimli, OCs]

Gift of Life by Fileg

Fileg's delightful characterisations sum up the differences and similarities between the two races depicted in this nicely symmetrical vignette

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Meriadoc Brandybuck, Gimli]

The Old Dwarf and the Sea by Isabeau of Greenlea

I don't usually recommend unfinished stories, but 'The Old Dwarf and the Sea' is well worth reading for the first chapter alone. A simply hilarious antidote to the usual run of stories about LotR characters in the West, with some priceless characterisations

[Added 25/06/2004; Humour; 2500-6000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Gimli, Legolas, Galadriel, OCs; WiP]

Repairs by Isabeau of Greenlea

Every word counts in this vignette set after the battle at Helm's Deep. Sharp portrait of a warrior and a friendship

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Gimli, Legolas]

Tell this Mortal by Chathol-linn

'He needs to make this sea voyage, and to not make it.' An engaging narrative voice & a memorable OC draw the reader into this Fourth Age tale. The backstory is a little weak, perhaps, but the frame story makes up for it

[Added 11/12/2006; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Legolas, Gimli, OC]

They Say of the Elves by Brancher

The Legolas--Gimli relationship has spawned quite a bit of 'first-time' fanfiction, not all of it great. Brancher uses the genre intelligently to examine the preconceptions and fears of the two races in this engaging piece

[Added 18/10/2002; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Legolas, Gimli]