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In Angband that Night by Erulisse (one L)

Author: Erulisse (one L)
Title: In Angband That Night
Rating: PG
Theme: Laugh - Comic Poetry
Elements: malevolent/intelligent
Beta: No - errors are solely my own.
Word Count: 166

Summary: Malevolent and Intelligent? Those two elements brought Morgoth back from his holiday to demand that he be at the center of this poem with a spark of humor. Of course I listened to his directive…

Author’s Notes: Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sand box; I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.




In Angband that Night

Swords clashed in the Grand Salle,
Where bodies hung and sometimes swayed,
Sounds of screams from the dungeons raised,
Evil walked Angband that night…

Morgoth paced around the room,
While Sauron hummed a sonorous tune,
Dinner awaited, they'd sit to it soon,
Hunger ruled Angband that night…

"Am I intelligent?" Morgoth asked,
"or just merely malevolent?" he mused … then fast
he turned to gaze at Sauron's cat,
Hunting in Angband that night…

Held in her jaws, bewhiskered and bristling,
A blood-spattered mouse, fur tattered, and struggling.
Morgoth chuckled and laughed, broadly smiling.
Torture stalked Angband that night...

“Just look at her grace,” Morgoth gloated, hands rubbing.
“See there the blood and the fear of her plaything.
She rules all of Angband with claws and teeth sharpening.
Blood runs in Angband tonight.”

The two of them leaned back against a stone wall,
And watched the cat's play - mouse throw and mouse fall,
And finally, heard the crunchy last call.
Death walked in Angband that night.

Comments

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dreamflower02
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
LOL! I can just see this:

The two of them leaned back against a stone wall,
And watched the cat's play - mouse throw and mouse fall,
And finally, heard the crunchy last call.


What a perfect ending!
engarian
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, and thanks for the perfect elements. The moment I read them, Sauron and Morgoth jumped up and insisted upon playing this month. I had no idea that Sauron's cat would steal the show, but as cats are wont to do, she walked in on soft feet and refused to leave :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
lindahoyland
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
I liked this.
engarian
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you Linda, and congrats once more on your new addition :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
drummerwench
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
Gosh, this is really great, Erulisse! I particularly like the "refrain"!
engarian
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Hey! Wonderful to hear from you and with such kind words, too. I appreciate both the words and the sentiment. Make sure to set some time aside for us to get together if you ever return to the Cities. I'd love to see you again :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
huinare
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
Nice one! I do like a little creepy with my humor. >=)
engarian
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm much more into the blood and gore than the sunshine and flowers. Or...maybe I just need to hide the bee's sting in the middle of the daisies and put the sundews around the outside of the garden plot :-)

*hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
clodia_metelli
Apr. 24th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
Sad but true: cats would get along with Morgoth and Sauron. Provided with enough small squeaky things to bully and torture, that is.
engarian
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Cats would be the perfect, independent 'pet' for the two of them. Cats are never truly owned, they just allow themselves to be fed and stroked, repaying their caretakers with hairballs in the dark of the night and claws through their best silks and satins.

I adore cats :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
hhimring
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Too true--it doesn't need to be a cat demon, even an ordinary cat will sometimes behave like a true denizen of Angband.
engarian
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
Cats and Angband just seemed to work in harmony. Cats are so adaptable, I suspect they could find a small home and hidey-hole almost anywhere :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Apr. 25th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC)
Shivery, rather breathy laughs with this one, I think! Most interesting use of your elements! Congratulations!
engarian
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so VERY much. I'm delighted that you enjoyed my foray into poetry and Angband.

- Erulisse (one L)
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