25. Swift in Anger, Quick to Laugh
"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain." - Friedrich Schiller. Write a story or poem or create artwork that illustrates this quotation.
Swift in Anger, Quick to Laugh
"Watch this." The Valar crowd round, curious.
Down on Avallonë's sea-wall, Gimli is delicately carving soapstone for a fascinated Elf-child. A passing Teler's sarcastic comment makes the Elfling's lip tremble; Aulë groans:
"Bad, bad idea. You'd think after we proclaimed our welcome – but they don't learn…"
Gimli, without looking up, scoops up some wet seaweed and throws it. Soaring in a graceful arc it lands precisely at the Teler's feet; he steps on it, slithers – and topples flailing into the ocean. Legolas, watching, grins broadly.
Tulkas roars with laughter, clapping the scowling Ulmo on the back. Yavanna sighs: