My dearest Corwynne,
I am terribly sorry to here of your gate woes. I can tell you, however, that if the mithril has been stole by someone other than orcs, Gimli seems to be blameless. He spends all of his time in the settlement working on the plans and budgets for the gate, when he should honestly be preparing his own home for winter. I use the term home lightly because his home is currently one wall. I have no idea how it remains standing....just one lone wall....
Anyway, he is staying in our guest room for now and has asked to stay until the gate is finished. We have agreed and he seems to sincerely be befuddled by the missing mithril. As for the other dwarves on his crew...I cannot be so sure.
As for speaking with Leggs' dad....well you may do better sending an official royal envoy to ask him. Leggs and dear old dad aren't getting along well these days. It is mostly to do with me. How dare this lowly human....and not even an human from the real world....be shacked up with his princely son. And if he insists on being with me we should be married. We have not mentioned yet that I am already married.......
Leggs current line of attack is laying out the benefits of journeying to the West. "All your friends are there." "People your own age." "Just look at the brochure, you don't have to decide anything right now." "Look, Dad, shuffleboard!" But so far he is not biting. I guess the idea of Gladders in curlers and bunny slippers playing Bingo is not appealing to him. Can't really blame him.
I think that a request straight from the king for extra mithril will be met favorably. You know how impressed he is by status.
Best of luck.
Your affectionate friend,