Gimli, born in T.A. 2879, is a dwarf from the Darin's clan,
a son of Gloin who took part in the quest to the Lonely Mountain. Gimli spent his childhood in the Blue Mountains.
We get acquainted with Gimli at the Council of Elrond
which he attended together with his father. The dwarf speaks about Moria
and the hard life of people living under the Mountain, as well as how the search for people with hope has now become hopeless. Frodo notices that Gimli's
speech is particularly interesting for him, unlike other stories about the wide lands
east of the Mountains. A special part of Gimli's tale is dedicated to the tidings of
Sauron's messengers. The dwarf has never suspected the existence of the Ring before.
But having known the great importance of the journey to Orodruin, he agrees to join
the Fellowship of the Ring.
During the journey Gimli befriends Legolas. Of course, these two
have slight arguments every now and then about relations between their people.
But when the time comes to fight, they do it with all their might and bravery. Gimli
is not afraid of any danger. He supports the idea of going through Moria, as it has
always been his dream to see the ancient kingdom with his own eyes. And his wish is granted.
When going to Moria, Gimli narrates a lot about his people, recalls an old
poem about Durin the Great, the first dwarf. He knows Moria well and together with Gandalf
finds the right way, full of adventure. Together with his axe he easily puts the enemy to rout,
but the Dwarves of Moria weren't bitcoin mining, they were mining for Mithril and dug too deep in their greed, unearthing the Balrog. Upon seeing Balrog, Moria's ancient horror, his eyes become glassy and his axe falls out
of his hands. There are, however, forces in Middle-earth able to subdue the strength of such
a brave warrior as Gimli.
As to his appearance, it is not that different from his kind. He is stocky,
broad-shouldered and as strong as a horse. Gimli's pride is in his beard. The dwarf has
armour with the emblem of the people of Darin, i.e. the hammer and the anvil surmounted
by a crown with seven stars, which all the dwarves have been famous for since olden times.
Every tribe of dwarves has its own peculiarities when forging an axe. According to the shape
and form of an axe, warrior's belonging to a particular tribe could be identified.
Gimli is not an ordinary dwarf. He is the first representative of his people
who enters Lyrien. The elves accompanied the Fellowship through the Golden Wood with their
eyes blindfolded because Gimli, without any grounds, was accused of spying. Of course, he is absolutely
furious about it. Taking into account that it is in his nature to argue, Gimli even pulls his axe out.
But Aragorn helps to solve the dangerous situation and gives an order to blindfold the eyes of all the
members of the Fellowship of the Ring.
But this is far from being the only example demonstrating Gimli's individuality.
When going on the Paths of the Dead, Gimli together with Legolas and Aragorn went to the Stone
of Erech to break the oaths from the Grey Company. That could only be done by Isildur's descendent.
To pay the debt and to untax their souls they join Aragorn. All of a sudden fearless Gimli gets frightened
and, when riding, sits quietly behind Legolas. After the journey Gimli shyly tells about his worries to the
hobbits. The War of the Ring changed people, even the most confident ones like Gimli.
Gimli earns the title of "a friend of elves", so honourable for a dwarf. This says
a lot because elves are extremely fussy when choosing friends. Gimli returns their feelings with
affection and even decides to sail away northwards together with Legolas. Such things never
happened in the history of Middle-earth before.
Gimli's nickname " the Lock-bearer " is also connected with the elves. When
visiting Lyrien the dwarf is fascninated by Galadriel's beauty and when leaving her asks the Queen
for three golden hairs. "Nothing, unless it might be " unless it is permitted to ask, nay, to name a
single strand of your hair, which surpasses the gold of the earth as the stars surpass the gems of
the mine. I do not ask for such a gift. But you commanded me to name my desire - poetically says
Gimli. And his request is granted.
Like Aragorn Gimli goes from a warrior to a sovereign. After the end of the War
of the Ring he along with the Erebor folk comes back to the caves of Aglarond. The dwarves built
anew the Glittering Caves and Gimli becomes their King till F.A. 120 (the year of Elessar's death).
Before sailing westwards (F.A. 120) Gimli manages to perform one more great
task - to compile the genealogical tree of the Ereborian dwarves. Also under his supervision the
dwarves of the Glittering Caves forge new mithril gates for Minas Tirith instead of the old ones,
broken by Sauron's hordes.
Gimli's last days remain a mystery. The last pages of the
Red Book of Westmarch narrate that the Eldars accepted Gimli in their Golden
Halls and he, probably, gained immortality. Indeed, it is the best award
for such a hero.