Characters: Aragorn and Halbarad
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s imaginarium - Kortirion just basks in its glory occasionally.
The crash reverberated across darkened skies already split asunder by a blinding flash. A gasp escaped him at its nearness, the forked strike’s image engraved white on red inside his eyelids. A comforting hand grasped his shoulder... Again, tumultuous rumbling splintered the air; the body beside him also flinched involuntarily... before laughter rumbled softly in his companion’s chest, a tiny thunder.
“They told me when I was small it was Aulë’s hammer, and the flash was sparked from his anvil...”
The two rangers huddled under a rocky outcrop.
“And now...?” muttered Halbarad.
Aragorn shrugged, “Sometimes, the tale’s the prettier story...”