Title: Far Brighter than Gems Without Measure
Characters: Thranduil, Legolas
Source: The Hobbit
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Far Brighter Than Gems Without Measure
There’s feasting under Mirkwood’s trees to celebrate the victory of the Five Armies; over Thranduil’s crimson robe, Girion’s five hundred emeralds flash green fire.
“Very fine,” Legolas comments, eyebrow arching just a fraction.
“Not to wear them would have dishonoured the giver, surely?” retorts his father. “But they’re mere baubles. My true wealth is here–” his gesture encompasses forest, clearing, revellers “– our folk merry beneath the trees, my beloved son and most of our host returned with me from Erebor unscathed, above all the Greenwood freed from both the Necromancer and the orc-hordes; in this am I not rich indeed?”
“the necklace of Girion, Lord of Dale, made of five hundred emeralds green as grass,” is described in The Hobbit Chapter 12, Inside Information, and is then given to Thranduil by Bard in Chapter 18, The Return Journey.