Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

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Ironmongery challenge, Vice: All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

A/N: I have been very cheeky here and retrospectively retitled, because I decided I really, really needed this one's original title (Far Brighter Than Gems Without Measure) for my later response to the "Blessings: Wealth" prompt...

Author: Azalais
Title: All That is Gold Does Not Glitter
Source: The Hobbit
Characters: Bard the Bowman, Thranduil, Legolas
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

Bard and the Elvenking debate the next move; Legolas listens, anxious:

Ever was it said to be Father's one vice; love of fair jewels and precious metals. And true, no sooner had the news flown to us of Smaug's fall, the mountain undefended, than we marched. Yet the plight of the Lake-folk, hungry and shelterless as winter came on, seemed to him more urgent; surely now the lives of Men and Elves – and even Dwarves! – should mean more than any treasure-hoard?

Thranduil, concilatory: “...Long will I tarry, ere I begin this war for gold.”  His son hears, and is glad.


Thranduil's words are a direct quotation from The Hobbit Chapter XVII, The Clouds Burst.

Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: ironmongery: vice, character: bard, character: legolas, character: thranduil
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