Characters/Pairing: Saruman, Sauron
Book/Source: Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: “How long, I wonder, has he been constrained to come often to his glass for inspection and instruction . . .” –LOTR III.11. ‘Twilight’ challenge.
Meta: This was inspired by and is an attempt to explain Saruman’s behavior when interacting with the palantír in the films.
Orthanc’s high chamber falls from crimson into slate as night descends from the mountains. Dusk is best, between sun and candles, when he is least visible. Saruman has ceased watching the palantír, there being naught to see within; his associate ever remains darkness-shrouded. The compulsion to touch the palantír, though he knows it would open his mind more to Sauron, is nigh overbearing. Saruman’s hand remains aloft, suspended between denial and compliance.
Sauron chooses this occasion to pronounce, «I’ve observed the Orc-Men you are working on. Quite innovative. And ironic. I recall that Melkor’s Orc prototypes horrified you. . . »