Title: The Children of Aulë and Other Tales Fandoms: The Hobbit, with references to The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion Author: laurethiel1138 Disclaimer: I still own nothing. Note: Encouraged by @Mira_Jade ’s heartfelt series of Silmarillion ficlets, and inspired by Richard Armitage’s *ahem* majestic turn as Thorin Oakenshield, I’ve finally decided to take the bait and tackle the 50 sentences challenge again. However, and taking into account the fact that I do have to finish writing my Ph.D. thesis sometime this year, I have decided to adapt the challenge format to prevent me from obsessing overmuch about what is, after all, supposed to be a hobby. Thus, my objective will be to release sentences from 15 to 20 prompts every two weeks or so, making the workload more manageable. And so, without further ado, enjoy! *-*-*-*-*-*-* January 01. Wall The Western Gate of Moria seemed at first an impenetrable wall, but held within itself the mark of a glorious and bygone age, when Elves and Dwarves were at peace; but this fire had not been completely extinguished, and hidden among the ashes were embers all but waiting for the right occasion to blaze again. 02. Bridge And there, on the great Bridge of Khazad-Dum, did Durin’s Bane meet his doom, as he fell one last time to the depths of the Earth, at long last overpowered by the Servant of Anor. 03. Architect Aulë, the great architect of the Valar, made his creations nigh impervious, but he could not know that the Seven Rings would play on their one fault, greed, and lead them to destruction. 04. Different One mortal, short, dark-haired, stocky and filthy, and the other everlasting, tall, fair-headed, lithe and pristine; Thorin and Thranduil could not have been more different. 05. Alike And yet, they could not have been more alike, for both kings were too proud to let go of ancient grudges, and thus could not reach an accord which would have prevented much sorrow. 06. Catch Like an illness that was catching, the Gold Sickness slowly took hold of Thorin’s mind, and, looking at him struggle with his demons, one could only take as a blessing in disguise the fact that the last Dwarven Ring had been lost along with his father Thrain, as the struggle would then have indeed been in vain. 07. Tale Bilbo Baggins indeed had quite a tale to tell when he returned from his adventure to Erebor. 08. Telling However, in the telling of it, he omitted some details, and embellished others, so that the result was more akin to a children’s story than the true account of the Quest. 09. Hidden The One had laid hidden, deep in the darkness of the goblin caves, but when a young and hale Hobbit crossed its path, it knew it was time to try again to go back to its master. 10. Claim And by laying claim to this deceptively simple trinket, Bilbo was far from imagining he held the fate of Middle-Earth in his humble hands. 11. Blank Bilbo felt his face go blank just before he fainted as his mind desperately tried to fathom the meaning of “incineration”, amongst other dire ends for his person. 12. Empty As Thorin left the meeting in Ered Luin with nothing but empty promises of assistance from his kin, his resolution almost faltered when he contemplated the impossibility of the Quest laid before him. 13. Full But he also remembered those waiting for him in the Shire, his spirits fully lifted, for those were Dwarves with loyalty, honour and a willing heart, and he would take twelve of those over any unwilling army. 14. Far And so the Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, sung of the doom of their homeland, far over the Misty Mountains cold, in a song so poignant that even a heart of stone could not be unmoved. 15. Beyond Beyond pride, beyond gold and beyond kingship, the Quest tugged at Thorin’s heartstrings in a fully elemental fashion, for he had never completely recovered from the loss of Erebor and simply yearned to breathe again the air of his childhood home.