Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Rock challenge - Hearts of Stone III: Kortirion

Title: Hearts of Stone III
Author: Kortirion
Character: Gimli
Rating: G
Source: Post Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s world… Kortirion’s words

Gimli searched the labyrinthine corridors of Moria… ‘Yes, they had stopped here...’ He found his mark, carved low-down on the wall; beyond... the ruined side-room where Boromir and Aragorn had passed the night.

There, tumbling from the living rock, a vein of shining iron-ore bubbled red, as if Arda breathed petrified blood from a chest-wound - Hematite, the warrior’s stone! Among his people it was highly-prized as mourning jewellery, its dark, liquid shine sombre, yet tactile.

It was fitting. No heart of stone was carved for Arwen, but for Aragorn, Gimli shaped a thumb-stone to rub, until it warmed in remembrance.
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