1. How it started
Legolas was a young elf when he started his long-lasting friendship with Gimli. When they first met, they didn’t like each other. You see, Gimli was a dwarf and it was unheard of that an elf and a dwarf would become friends. For decades both races had been fighting against each other. Legolas father, Thranduil and Gimli’s father Gloin hated each other which made an impact on both sons. They didn’t know the real reason behind their conflict.
The day Legolas and Gimli met was when they were in Mirkwood, practising their skills. Legolas were shooting arrows against a tree when suddenly he heard a noise. It was like someone were chopping wood in the forest. He stopped and listened carefully. Everybody in Middle-Earth knew it was forbidden to touch anything without permission. Yet there were someone there. He took his bow and an arrow to follow the noise. He got closer and then he saw someone throwing an axe against the trees. He raised his bow and silently got even closer. He could see it was a young dwarf.
“Stop right there” Legolas said and raised his bow a little higher
The dwarf stopped and frighten looked at him.
“Who are you and what are you doing in my father lands?” Legolas asked firmly
“And who might your father be?” The dwarf asked calmly
“King Thranduil. Leave”
“Leave? I have the same right as you to be here”
“What’s your name, dwarf?”
“You tell me first”
“Legolas. Your turn”
“Gimli, Son of Gloin”
“You’re trespassing. Leave before something terrible will happen”
“Will you go and tell your father?” Gimli said sarcastically
Legolas lifted his bow against the dwarf’s head.
“I’ve practised for this so I could shoot dwarfs like you”
“I’m so afraid. I think you’re a coward like your father” Gimli said bravely
“If I were you, I would keep my mouth shut” Legolas said, raising his voice a little
“Hit a nerve, did I?”
“I’m warning you” Legolas said upset and tighten his bow
Gimli’s axe was at his feet. If he was quick enough, he could pick it up but he didn’t take the risk. His father had warned him about this. Elf’s were not to be trusted.
“Not much of an elf are you. I thought your kind are peaceful people. But I guess your father has changed all that”
“Your father is not much better. I guess it runs in the family for being greedy”
“You know nothing of my kin. It’s you elf’s that are greedy. You can’t be trusted” Gimli raised his voice
“That has nothing to do with me. I’m nothing like that” Legolas and puts down his bow and arrow
“Let me be the judge of that. You don’t give a very good impression of yourself”
“I’m sorry. Truce?” Legolas said and offered his hand
“Truce” Gimli said and they shook hands
That’s how their friendship started. It wouldn’t be easy but no one could tell them what to do.