Characters/Pairing: Aulë, Melkor
Book/Source: The Silmarillion, Morgoth’s Ring
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: Concerning Aulë and Melkor during the shaping of Eä. Answering the prompt “Borrow.”
During the long fashioning of Eä, in anticipation of Arda, Aulë made other worlds of like substance. He rose great heights and envisioned them crowned with greenery or snow or song.
But Melkor greeted him with feud:
“Was it not I who first bespoke earth’s inner fires to stir, causing the tremors and eruptions you condemned as destructive? These same devices you borrowed freely and now use to shape your vaunted mountains.”
“What was conceived in spite, I have turned to utility.”
“Would it not be amusing, were ‘utility’ someday to force your hand instead to the ruin of lands?”