Title: A Necklace of Dragon's Teeth
Characters: Eowyn and Theodred with other Rohirrim; Thorin Oakenshield
Book/Source: LOTR, The Hobbit
Warnings: reference to implied canonical character deaths
Disclaimer: Tolkien's--Himring just made some connections.
A/N: Two takes on the tale of Fram and Scatha's hoard.
‘Well spoken!’ cried Eothain, as Gleowine paused in his tale.
Eowyn nodded uncertainly in agreement. Then she saw Theodred frowning to himself.
‘The dwarves had insulted Fram, hadn't they?’ she asked him, later. ‘They should have been grateful! He had slain the dragon and so they could live in peace! Instead they treated him like a robber! Didn’t he deserve recompense for his bravery?’
‘He did,’ said Theodred. ‘But I wish he had returned at least some of the hoard to them.’
‘Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries...’
Thorin well remembered the tale told of deeds of old in the Grey Mountains: how his kin had asked for their own and received only mockery in reply. Bitter was the mourning of those who had lost family to Scatha and now reaped jeers to sweeten their loss.
So he viewed the dragon-slayer before his gates with a jaundiced eye. Another Northman—no better than Fram had been!
‘What share of their inheritance would you have paid to our kindred, had you found the hoard unguarded and us slain?’
A/N: The tale of Fram and Scatha is found in Appendix A, in the section on the early ancestors of the kings of Rohan. The sentence in italics is the message reported to have been sent by Fram to the dwarves who tried to reclaim their hoard after the dragon's death, together with a necklace of Scatha's teeth.