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Divers Drabbles II
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II. A Mother's Touch

"Mama, Iím back," chirped her son as he scurried through the entrance to their home.

Readfah uncurled and embraced her child. He was growing so fast! Still, he had much to learn, she thought, seeing the splotches of dirt that marred his beautiful pink and white skin.

"Didst thee crawl into the mud, then, my chick?"

The imp hung his head. "I was playing in the river."

"And thee could not wash the stink of dirt and smoked fish from thy skin?" Readfah clouted her little one. His refusal to whimper made her proud.

"Thou art the son of Scatha, scourge of the Grey Mountains," Readfah hissed, "Thy blood harks back to Ancalagon himself, greatest of Allfather Morgothís drakes. Thou art not some dirt-delving dwarf."

"No son of mine shall be seen with mud all over his belly," she continued. "We stain ourselves only with the blood of foes and prey, not common dirt. A good dragon is fearsome, but never dirty!"

"Yes, mama." Poor chick, his eyes were large with shame.

"Now come here, my little wriggler," Readfah extended her wing to shelter him. Claws that could gut a horse began to flick the dirt from Smaugís perfect hide.



Authorís Notes:

Tolkien never revealed Smaugís parentage. But I thought he could be Scathaís get, given the ĎSí in common.

Smaugís exact age is never given, but since he said in The Hobbit that he was young when Lake-town was called Esgaroth, I figured he might well have been born in the Third Age.

In Letter #25 (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien), Tolkien says that Smaug's name is from "the past tense of the primitive Germanic verb Smugan, to squeeze through a hole: a low philological jest." - hence Smaug's mother calling him 'wriggler' here.

Readfah is my own creation. Her name, according to a website I found (, is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "red-stained", which seemed to me to be the perfect name for a firedrake.

I donít know what the dragons called Morgoth, but he created them and they did his bidding, so I figure that they might give him a title of respect such as Allfather (traditionally a title of Odin).

Written for the D Like A Dirty Dragon prompt of the B2MEM Middle-earth Alphabet Challenge at the H-A e-mail list and the There 'n' Back Again LJ community.


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