Characters: Mahtan, Celebrimbor, Narvi
Book/Source: Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings
Disclaimer: We know Celebrimbor canonically worked together with Narvi; whether he ever watched his grandmother's father Mahtan at work, Tolkien does not tell us. It was Himring's idea that Mahtan and Narvi might have something in common, in his eyes...
‘This’ said Mahtan, ‘did not come out quite right, you see? It will have to be melted down in the crucible, in the fire, and we will have to begin anew.’
Celebrimbor was flattered by the unjustified implication that he was helping Mahtan. But he was even more impressed by his calmness; Mahtan, he felt, really did not mind that this attempt had failed!
Two Ages later, Celebrimbor watched Narvi cheerfully melt down an exquisite, slightly unbalanced weather-vane, as if he had all the time in the world. How ever Celebrimbor himself, longer-lived, yearned for new beginnings—never without regret.
A/N: also written for SWG insta-drabbling prompts