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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.


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  • All There in the Manual: For the sake of length, a lot of backstory can be found in the Appendices.
  • 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 Oin's deaths in Moria, and Dáin and Brand's deaths.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool Sword: Anduil and Sting, of course. Also the Orcrist-inspired sword that Thorin forges, although it has yet to see battle.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Gimli, Gloin, and especially Gimrís all have fiery personalities to match their hair.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dáin Ironfoot, to protect the body of his friend and fellow King, Brand.
  • Greek Chorus: All of the Dwarves in the afterlife. Affectionately referred to as the "Dead Peanut Gallery" by readers.
  • 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.
  • Love Epiphany: Legolas in chapter 26, but like Aragorn points out, that was pretty obvious.
  • 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 Name: All Dwarves are given one by their Maker.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship: Gimli's young nephew Gimizh and Legolas' older brother Laerophen.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are three very distinct Thorins running around.
  • 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.
  • Show Their Work: The author complains about so much research in her tags. She has all 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.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: A rare example in which the dreamer is visiting the dead. It makes sense in context.
  • The Ageless: The Elves.
  • Third Wheel: Aragorn gets slotted into this role when the Fellowship becomes the Three Hunters.
  • War is Hell: It is shown to tear apart families, drain resources, and leave long lasting physical and mental trauma.
  • 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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