Word Count: 100
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Author Notes: Mirrormere gains a new meaning for Gimli after the events in Moria.
Death of a Dream
Long ago, Durin stood on its bank and peered into the lake's blue depths. Despite the daylight, seven stars appeared atop the encircling mountains' reflection, seemingly like a crown. Durin's kingship was proclaimed. Mountains of a distant bank would hold the dwarves' greatest kingdom.
No dwarf can pass without seeing that hallowed lake.
Standing where his ancestor stood, Gimli sees Durin's Crown in Kheled-zâram's reflection. He looks not at the distant bank though. Gimli refuses to gaze there for he knows what the mountains hold. They hold not the great Khazad-dûm. They hold the corpses of family and friends.