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Sansûkh is a fanfic written by determamfidd .The battle was over, and Thorin Oakenshield awoke, naked and shivering, in the Halls of his Ancestors. The novelty of being dead fades quickly, and watching over his companions soon fills him with grief and guilt. Oddly, a faint flicker of hope arises in the form of his youngest kinsman, a Dwarf of Durin's line with bright red hair.

Sansûkh provides examples of:


  • The Ageless: The Elves.
  • All There in the Manual: For the sake of length, a lot of backstory can be found in the Appendices.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Jeri, Jeri's parents, and other khudz with green beards.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Legolas has this moment, though his confession isn't to his actual love interest — it's to Aragorn. Aragorn's reaction is, hilariously, relief that Legolas has finally realized it.
  • Anyone Can Die: Be prepared with tissues. Everyone meets their canonical fates, and in several cases we see what is only related briefly in the books, such as Ori and Óin's deaths in Moria, and Dáin and Brand's deaths.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Kíli, on learning he will see Tauriel again (even though not for many years).
    Kili: With a hope like that, I could move Taniquetil pebble by pebble! I could swim the sundering seas! I could eat a whole bowl of salad! I will see Tauriel again!
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  • Audience Surrogate: The Dwarves in the after-life fill this role nicely.
  • Audio Adaptation: There is a massive audiobook in the making with a full cast of voice actors.
  • Awesome Music: In true Tolkien tradition, the story is full of beautiful songs. This is what happens when not only is the author a talented writer, but also a composer, lyricist, and musician; as are many of the fans, whose fan efforts have included recording whole songs.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Frerin. Though he's been dead for almost 200 years, his apparent youth prevents most of the cast from treating him as an adult.
  • Badass Beard: A whole race full of them! Some are even dyed.
  • Bathtub Scene: The three hunters enjoy an obligatory bath scene.
  • Battle Couple: With a cast full of warriors, there was bound to be a few of these. Perhaps the most classic example is Dwalin and Orla, who not only fight together, they train whole armies together! After finally getting themselves figured out, Gimli and Legolas have become one as well.
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  • Blood Knight: The Orcs who enjoy killing just for the sake of destruction.
  • Body-Count Competition: Between Legolas and Gimli, of course.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Even minor characters have well fleshed out personalities. The author sometimes throws tidbits from their backstories into notes for readers to enjoy,
  • Cheerful Child: Frerin, youngest son of Dwalin and Orla. Gimízh also qualifies.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: the Brothers Ri are descended from one of these.
  • Child Soldiers: The story brings to light just how young several characters (Frerin and Dáin for example) were when they fought (according to Tolkien's timelines) especially when you take into account that Dwarven childhoods last much longer than human childhoods. The topic is handled with the weight it deserves.
  • The Clan: All the dwarves, almost literally.
    • The Brothers Ri are revealed to be related to the Longbeards from the 'wrong side of the sheets', and are therefore also related to Thorin Oakenshield, Dís, Balin, Dwalin, Óin, Glóin, and Gimli.
    • Bombur has twelve children, a brother, and a dead cousin. (His brother marries Gimli's sister Gimrís, and their son, Gimízh, unites both bloodlines.)
  • Cool Sword: Anduil and Sting, of course. Also the Orcrist-inspired sword that Thorin forges, although it has yet to see battle.
  • Culture Clash: Gimli and Legolas have to navigate through a few of these.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Dwalin and Orla have named all of their sons after dead members of Dwalin's family.
  • Dead to Begin With: The story begins with Thorin awakening in the Halls of Mahal, the dwarven afterlife, after his death in the Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Gimli and the departed spirit of Thorin Oakenshield have quite a few of these. Gandalf can also see and speak with the deceased dwarves.
  • The Determinator: Two words. Samwise. Gamgee.
  • Empty Nest: Dori, once Nori is killed and Ori goes to Moria.
  • Everyone Can See It: Even dead people know what is going on between Gimli and Legolas. Except Thorin, but he finds out. He didn't take it well, oh he really didn't.
    • Depressingly, this is also the case for Thorin and Bilbo, and Thorin doesn't recognize his feelings for what they are until after his death.
  • Expanded Universe: Sansûkh itself is an expansion on the Tolkien established Middle Earth, done in a fairly faithful style (the author has slightly toned down the flowery and sometimes overly descriptive aspects of Tolkien's writing style to suit modern readers). There are also several side fics done both by the author and fans.
  • Family Theme Naming: Thranduil's sons have names involving leaves, branches, and trees.
  • Feuding Families: The Line of Durin and the Line of Azog have a long-standing feud.
    • Several specific instances of elves vs dwarfs (taken from The Silmarillion) pose stumbling blocks to Legolas and Gimli's relationship as well.
  • Fiery Redhead: Gimli, Gloin, and especially Gimrís all have fiery personalities to match their hair.
  • Greek Chorus: All of the Dwarves in the afterlife. Affectionately referred to as the "Dead Peanut Gallery" by readers.
  • Guilt Complex: In earlier chapters, Frís (and the rest of Thorin's family) frequently has to remind Thorin that he is not the only cause of the Battle of Five Armies and it's repercussions. It takes some time to sink in. Balin similarly suffers after the fall of Moria.
  • Happily Married: Almost all of the married couples portrayed in this fix follow this trope. It is averted twice — Zhori's first marriage broke up when her husband found his One True Love, and Ymrís being Oín I's One True Love eventually caused his wife to leave him.
  • Headbutt of Love: Legolas and Gimli have a notable (and illustrated) moment in Meduseld during the celebrations following their victory at Helm's Deep.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: invoked by name. As asked of Bilbo when he advises Arwen to love someone who won't break her heart by dying:
    Arwen: Yet your heart went on without you, did it not? You know something of this yourself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dáin Ironfoot, to protect the body of his friend and fellow King, Brand.
  • Interspecies Romance: Thorin and Bilbo (dwarf and hobbit), Kilí and Tauriel (dwarf and elf), Aragorn and Arwen (human and elf, even if she eventually becomes mortal) and, of course, Gimli and Legolas (dwarf and elf again).
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Both Aragorn and Gimli flirt heavily with this trope, though instead of pursuing their love interests' happiness, they are trying to prevent their love interests from dying. Though they are immortal elves, Arwen and Legolas can die from love.
  • Kill 'Em All: Given the planned scope of this story and that a good deal of it takes place in the afterlife, it is a given that all mortal characters will die. It's just a matter of when.
  • Killed Off for Real: And already welcomed to the afterlife, because they may be dead but their story isn't done yet! Averted in the case of Aragorn's little tumble.
  • Killed Offscreen: Frerin and all other Dwarves residing in the Halls before Thorin arrives.
  • Living Forever Is No Big Deal: At least not to the Elves. It's just how they are. Averted and falls into Who Wants to Live Forever? territory when certain Elves grow close to mortals.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The cast is huge and only growing larger!
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Legolas.
  • Longing Look: Thorin puts in whole decades of this as he watches Bilbo's life from beyond death.
  • The Lost Lenore: There is evidence throughout the story that Bilbo considers Thorin this way.
  • Love at First Sight: Thorin Stonehelm for Bomfrís, though she is oblivious at first. Bofur and Gimrís also fit this trope; though they don't fall in love at first sight, likely because Gimrís was massively underage at the time, they do fall for each other when being reintroduced at Gimrís's centenary.
  • Love Confession: The big one between Legolas and Gimli FINALLY HAPPENS after more than thirty chapters, and only then because Thorin intervenes. As it turns out, Gimli already knew Legolas loved him, but he thought he would be causing Legolas's death if he encouraged it.
  • Love Epiphany: Legolas in chapter 26, but like Aragorn points out, that was pretty obvious.
  • Love Hurts: Thorin and Kíli both feel this most keenly. Both of their love interests aren't dwarves, leaving the two of them with only the prospect of a long, single afterlife to look forward to.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Neither Thranduil nor Gloin is thrilled about their prospective sons-in-law.
  • Love Transcends Spacetime: In his old age, Bilbo dreams of Thorin. As it turns out, he's also doing some sort of strange astral projection, and the two are finally able to converse with each other for the first time in 80 years since Thorin's death.
  • Manly Tears: They are usually very cathartic.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: One of the reasons Gimli is reluctant to express his love to Legolas. This may still occur, if Legolas doesn't die from grief.
  • Meaningful Echo: Legolas unintentionally paraphrases Thorin's own words to Bilbo.
    Legolas: In all my summers under leaf and bough, I have never been so wrong.
  • Meaningful Name: All Dwarves are given one by their Maker.
  • Missing Mom: Thoroughly averted. Everyone has a mother, frequently with whole backgrounds described between chapters in the notes.
  • Multigenerational Household: In the afterlife, all previous generations live together in the Halls of Mahal.
  • Must Make Amends: Thorin receives a special gift to make this possible from the afterlife.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • The whole story is triggered by Thorin's, as he demands a way from Mahal to make amends for his mistakes.
    • Bilbo gets one of these when he realizes the trials his surrogate son must face to destroy the ring Bilbo found.
    • Balin has one over the disaster of the Moria campaign.
  • My Greatest Failure: Several examples:
    • The Battle of Azanulbizar, for Thrór
    • The Battle of Five Armies, for Thorin
    • Succumbing to gold-sickness for Thrór, Thráin, and Thorin
    • Attempting to retake Moria, for Balin
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Frerin, forever frozen in his fifties.
  • Not So Different: Kili points out to Thorin that Elves and Dwarves are not so different in their prejudice to each other.
    Kili: You say you do not believe they feel as we do – aren't you just parroting their stupid lies about Dwarves?
  • Oblivious to Love: Multiple instances.
    • Thorin is oblivious to Bilbo's affections throughout the first few chapters of the story.
    • Barís's love for Bani is similarly unnoticed.
    • Thorin Stonehelm's infatuation is unnoticed for two chapters by Bomfrís.
  • Odd Friendship: Gimli's young nephew Gimizh and Legolas' older brother Laerophen.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are three very distinct Thorins running around.
    • Lampshaded when they all wind up in the same conversation. Though the author utilises different appellations to distinguish each from the other,
    Balin glanced between all three Thorins with an air of resignation, and then he turned to Thorin with his hands spread.
  • One True Love: The idea that khudz have one true love, whom they often (but not always) recognize on sight, is a central component of the story.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Wee Thorin will be known as Wee Thorin no matter how big he grows.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different
  • Outliving One's Offspring: One of the major sources of Dís's lingering grief, especially in the earlier chapters of the fic.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: The dreaded Hobbitish eyes. Ori is good at them.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The Elves. Gimli has made a joke out of guessing Legolas's age.
  • Risking the King: All kings in this story, but perhaps none more so than Dáin.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Quite a few of them! The Royal families of all races are not afraid to get their hands dirty, whether in battle or general labour.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Every dwarf who dies in battle, absolutely.
  • Shown Their Work: The author complains about so much research in her tags. She has the right to do so.
  • Shower Shy: Gimli. Due to views on acceptable nudity in Dwarven culture.
  • Sole Survivor: Dís is the last living member of her family and it is a heavy burden to bear.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kíli and Tauriel. Even after both are dead, it takes nearly eighty years before the author even hints they will reunite before the Second Music.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Referenced, with regards to the Brothers Ri.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: A rare example in which the dreamer is visiting the dead. It makes sense in context.
  • They Do: Gimrís and Bofur.
  • Third Wheel: Aragorn gets slotted into this role when the Fellowship becomes the Three Hunters.
  • Transgender: Merilin, Laerophen's second in command.
  • Trauma Button: More than a few:
    • Thorin cannot bear to work gold, silver, or mithril in the Halls, as it reminds him of the dragon-sickness and the gold-madness that ruled him in his last days living. References to madness also tend to have this effect.
    • The deaths of the dwarves who went with Balin to retake Moria triggers Thrór and Thráin.
    • Frerin cannot bear to be in the midst of battle, as the sounds bring back memories of his death at Azanulbizar.
  • War Is Hell: It is shown to tear apart families, drain resources, and leave long-lasting physical and mental trauma.
  • Wedding-Enhanced Fertility: Bombur and Alrís. They have twelve children and "started early."
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Orcs are ready and willing to kill anyone no matter their age.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: For all that he made it to the mountain, Thorin never got to live in Erebor restored and can only visit it through the star pool. Dáin also never got to return to his beloved Iron Hills.


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