Title: Hidden Riches
Author: Jay of Lasgalen
Characters: Legolas, Gimli
Disclaimer: Tolkien's, not mine.
Summary: While crossing a bare, empty land, Gimli discovers unexpected treasure. For the Barren Lands challenge.
“I have never seen such a desolate place,” Legolas muttered as he crossed tumbled rocks. “This is a poor, broken land.”
Gimli paused, staring at the ruination in awe. “Nay – look at this!” He picked up a dull, rust-coloured lump of stone.
“Gimli, it is a rock.”
“Not just any rock! This is haematite. Crushed and heated it yields iron which we use to forge weapons. Aulë himself taught us the way of it, and it is a secret passed from father to son, mother to daughter. ”
Gimli eyed the devastated landscape and smiled. “This is a rich land.”