Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
As The Land, So The People
This city of men was underpinned with granite. Gandalf and Aragorn thought it something a dwarf may not have considered, when they said the land shaped the people, but Gimli was well aware of how the two became almost as one.
He thought of lessons of childhood; granite is hard, resistant to change. An intrusive rock formed in the fire. He thought of Denethor. Aye – it fitted well.
It may look plain, unspectacular, yet it has strength, depth; and when conditions are right it shines. He thought of Aragorn whose land and city this truly was. Aye – it fitted well.