Section 6: Ori
Word Count: 244 (1258 so far)
Disclaimer: If I owned the hobbit, it would be strange.
Summary: Oakenshield is not the only byname carried by members of Thorin's company. Some are badges of honor, some are marks of courage and some their owners just wish they could live down.
1. Kíli 4. Glóin
2. Óin 5. Dwalin
Ori had been known as Needlepoint ever since he was a child, a mocking epithet given to him by his bullies when they caught him knitting scarves. They said the dwarf should be glad to have it if he wanted to be known for something since he was too weak to win a proper fight.
But when he cried to his brothers about the smirks and laughter, Dori told him not to worry about the cruelty of children because he would always be special in their eyes. In contrast, Nori had advised Ori to wear the appellation proudly and damn what others thought. “Truly, your talent has helped support this family; you've kept us warm and fed in times of need and it is only right that your title reflects your skill.”
So the young dwarf had tried to do just that, bearing Needlepoint with pride instead of shame.
But in the Battle of Five Armies, when his knives had lodged in bone and been ripped from his hands, his sling useless in close quarters, Ori had found another reason to be glad for the name. Because the dwarf had carried his needles even into battle and now he pulled them from his tunic to meet the charging warg. Sharp as any weapon, they pierced the monster's eyes with ease and as the creature's twitching body bore Ori down, his last thought was, No one will ever laugh at my knitting now.