Assorted Drabbles: 24. Grace Obtained

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24. Grace Obtained

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Grace Obtained

"Go on."  Legolas nudges the hesitating Dwarf forward.

She sits beneath the cherry-tree's falling fronds, watching light and leaf-shadow playing across white stone. Gimli approaches, bows so low his beard brushes the ground.

"Lady, I-I-" he stammers; then remembers the crystal next his heart, and brings it out.

"Many years have I borne this faithfully –" now his long-dammed-up yearning fountains joyfully forth – "yet it is to radiant reality as those dancing light-flecks to the Sun herself."

Galadriel laughs, the unexpectedly-deep music he so loved.

"Your courtesy is undimmed, Gimli son of Gloin," she remarks; and his happiness is complete.


"…it is strange indeed that a Dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it. But it is said that Gimli went also out of desire to see again the beauty of Galadriel; and it may be that she, being mighty among the Eldar, obtained this grace for him." – LoTR Appendix A.

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Story Information

Author: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/11/11

Original Post: 07/16/04

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Inspiring Drabbles - 15 stories - Owner: Elena Tiriel
Elena Tiriel's favorite drabbles (vignettes of precisely 100 words), drabble multiples, or drabble series from Tolkien fanfic; a very personal and eclectic list of drabbles at HASA that have touched me in some way. See Inspiring Stories for a list of favorite stories of other types.
Included because: See Olórin I was in my Youth in the West that is Forgotten; a perfect gem of a drabble with hauntingly beautiful language.

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