c: gimli

Legolas calling Gimli “Meleth” simply because he doesn’t know what it means

Legolas getting so used to calling Gimli that that when they go for a visit to an Elven kingdom, he forgets about his kind’s extremely sensitive hearing and says it in a hallway or something

An elf hears and just drops everything they’re holding and runs to inform the king

Legolas and Gimli getting called to a meeting which is really just an hour-long shouting match in Elvish

Gimli having absolutely no idea what is going on

After Legolas explains, there’s a heartfelt, teary-eyed acceptance (also in Elvish)

Gimli still not knowing what’s going on at all

And then THE EXACT SAME THING happening on their visit to the Dwarves when Gimli fucks up and calls Legolas “Ghivashel”.

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‘Stone-hard are the Dwarves in labour or journey, but this endless chase began to tell on [Gimli], as all hope failed in his heart. Aragorn walked behind him, grim and silent, stooping now and again to scan some print or mark upon the ground. Only Legolas still stepped as lightly as ever, his feet hardly seeming to press the grass, leaving no footprints as he passed; but in the waybread of the Elves he found all the sustenance that he needed, and he could sleep, if sleep it could be called by Men, resting his mind in the strange paths of elvish dreams, even as he walked open-eyed in the light of the world.’