Oh be still my heart! A slightly vulnerable Legolas is just my cup of tea and you manage it so beautifully - so that he is neither wimpy nor whiney in his vulnerability. Mmmmm goood.
Gimli's mother-henning is also exquisitely crafted, wonderfully realistic and in character for me. As is your Pippin - so bright and cheerful no matter what adversity threatens. I adore him!
And again, your use of song is so intrinsic to this entire chapter, of the broken stones of Osgiliath, the song of the Dunedain and the man of Gondor - your descriptions give me goose bumps of pleasure they are so awesome.
But back to Legolas - this form of torture you've created with Gandalf's silver blue veil in the elf's mind is a thing of shimmering beauty in and of itself. And I love that you have Legolas feeling his way toward wholeness again, but heeding the warnings of his heart not to tamper with that veil just yet. Beautifully done!
Really must get to work now, but what a lovely, lovely way to start my morning.
Thanks, Ziggy! And I am holding my breath waiting for the next chapter since you said it wouldnt be long.