I'll state this first, I loved Peter Jackson's LOTR and am sorry there won't be a fourth (for obvious reasons). One of the small pet peeves I had with the movie was the overuse of Gimli being there strictly for comedy relief. I felt they often times gave Legolas/Aragorn/Gandalf etc their own individual moment to shine. They each had the opportunity to have the crowd gasp and ooww and awe at them overcoming the enemy forces. I just felt they didn't offer the same moment for Gimli. I know they showed him as a methodical warrior cutting down orc/goblins left right and center. I just wished they had one scene in which he could have displayed a trait unique to Dwaven fighting style that may have been the equivalent of a Legolas with his bow. Of course I'm referring to Peter Jackson's creative license throughout the movie to interpret battle scenes and would not want people to come out of the theater thinking an extended Gimli role derive from the authentic LOTR novels. Maybe the director could have shown a better use of his strength or endurance? Perhaps tossing some battle axes or having his own one on one showdown with an enemy of considerable power. Anyways, just food for thought.