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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 17: Angband, the Iron Hell

18th March 2013 (09:57)

Poor Mairon...

Part 17: Angband, the Iron Hell

Next time: Part 18: I sang of leaves.

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Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!


Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 18th March 2013 13:43 (UTC)

"...But we need to find you a wardrobe more befitting a proper Dark Under-Lord. Like mine, but remember... you're the rhythm section, not the front man. And for Hell's sake, choose a new name that's less wussy-sounding than "Mairon." Like, Ringo or Animal..."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th March 2013 13:58 (UTC)

Actually, I'm not sure when Mairon started being called Sauron. It was Fëanor who first renamed Melkor as Morgoth, but Sauron just shows up already being called that, and 'Mairon' being his original name was a retcon by Tolkien.

I do have an image of Mairon declaring that his new name will be Sauron the Terrible and a group of Balrogs sniggering behind their hands and assuring him that it's a really appropriate name for him. :) But I'm not sure where to fit it into the timeline.

He's already changed his wings and halo to the Dark Lord versions; what more can you expect? :) Though I'm planning for him to take up Melkor's black armour after Melkor is finally defeated, if I ever get that far.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 21st March 2013 12:13 (UTC)
It probably DIDN'T happen like this

MELKOR: Good work on rescuing me from Ungoliant.

GOTHMOG: My pleasure, lord.

MELKOR: Now there's one more thing you can do for me. Change your name.

GOTHMOG: My... name!?!

MELKOR: Yes, it sounds too much like Morgoth, and I hate that name.

GOTHMOG: But that's not my fault, lord.

MELKOR: Look, if you want to stay me second in command, change your name or else!

MAIRON: Ooh, oohh, let me change my name so I can be your second in command.

MELKOR: Oh, you again.

MAIRON: Yes, from now on I will be known as Sauron the Terrible, The Lord of the... uh, Werewolves!

MELKOR: (*facepalms*)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 18th March 2013 17:57 (UTC)

I'm reading "Mairon's mini fortress" in the same tone that they always used on Allo Allo when talking about "Lieutenant Gruber's little tank."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th March 2013 18:46 (UTC)

Sounds about right. :)

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 18th March 2013 19:12 (UTC)
Flying monkeys

I'm beginning to feel more and more sorry for poor Mairon - the kid no-one wants on the team, then finally choose him, only to give him the worst position!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th March 2013 01:48 (UTC)

He is kind of pathetic, in both the original and the current sense of the term. :)

But don't worry: he's a survivor. Every time people think they've defeated him, he pops up again a little later, all ready to carry on. :)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 21st March 2013 10:34 (UTC)
Any plans for more Maiar?

I'd love to see a little Olorin always annoying Nienna by telling her, "Cheer up, look on the bright side."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st March 2013 10:44 (UTC)
Re: Any plans for more Maiar?

Well - I've got chibi-Ossë all ready to go, since he's involved in shipping (islanding?) the Elves over to Valinor.

I did originally create a chibi for Olorin as well, but I decided to use it for Curumo instead. :) He will be hanging around Aulë's workshop when he makes the Dwarves.

Melian will obviously play a major role as well. I've not yet created chibi-Eonwë, but I imagine he'll also need to be created at some point. (Originally, in the early drafts of the Silmarillion, Eonwë was Manwë and Varda's son, which might be an interesting twist on things...)

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