Together We Will Take the Road...: 25. Swift in Anger, Quick to Laugh

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25. Swift in Anger, Quick to Laugh

Today's Challenge:
"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:

"Oh, dear…"


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 4th Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/09/11

Original Post: 03/31/11

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