Characters/Pairing: Gríma, “the squint-eyed Southerner”, OFC (sort of?)
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.
13 September, 3018
“Gríma,” the craban’s greeting or observation echoed importantly along the tunnel.
Moril flew off to announce Gríma’s arrival, for crebain alone approached Orthanc freely now. Movement haunted long-empty windows within Isengard’s wall, and trees breathed pale smokes.
The inner gate opened, emitting Saruman’s habitually squinting Dunlendish agent. The man cast Gríma a sidelong nod: sunlight glanced off an unsettlingly narrow tawny iris; entering the tunnel’s shade, the pupil dilated completely. Its owner averted his uncanny eyes, hurrying on.
Gríma shuddered, suddenly remembering common, superstitious tales. Goblins’ eyes are like death stole all their color…
Thematically speaking, the drabble does its job on its own, but here are time-honored drabble-eclipsing notes for those interested in the historical/political minutiae:
My ‘verse relies heavily on narrative C of “The Hunt for the Ring,” found in Unfinished Tales. That version of events has it that the “squint-eyed southerner” the Hobbits encounter in Bree was originally employed by Saruman to trade and spy in the Shire; it states also that this man had been driven from Dunland “where many said that he had Orc-blood.”
This same man was on his way to the Shire when he was waylaid near Tharbad by Nazgûl. In his terror, he proceeded to give the Witch-king useful information, betray Saruman, and become instead the spy of the Nazgûl in Bree. I intend in this drabble that the unfortunate fellow is leaving upon that ill-fated trip to the Shire when Gríma runs into him.