Character: Female Dwarf
Disclaimer: Tolkien created this world – Kortirion created this drabble
Not for her the axe or falchion - heavy war-hammers, helmets, were not where her talent lay. The dagger, gorget, fighting mask, the mailed fist, the slender leaf-bladed winged spear... well-honed skills in working smaller, finer blades gained her her plaits. She sat proudly as the Master himself braided her hair tightly – it was tradition, each plait a year spent at the forge.
Six wire-bound braids, copper, tin, bronze, steel, silver... now gold glimmered beside them... This year she could instruct others, but she must also forge her master-piece, a cunning work of skill to gain that final braid – mithril!