Mission accomplished! Or not?
You can't go home again... or can you?
This was a very strange interlude, and I think Mairon's sister is right in thinking that he's much more suited to life outside his Vala's household, but at least now if he surrenders someday, he knows that he'll get a trial by the Valar, not an out-of-hand execution by his best friend. (And we know that he's been profoundly influenced by the tale of Melkor's old cell, at least!)
Any chance of seeing more of Sauron, his undead goons, and perhaps even his longtime idol Melkor?
I'm guessing that this "fight" too was cathartic for Mairon/Sauron, though not for Angmar, who clearly doesn't realize how much his master needed release from the tension of having undergone what he thought would be his arrest and trial, only to find out that it was all a hoax designed to "test" him. (Pity that Angmar couldn't have had a go at that toad-eating Curumo/Saruman as well, though.)
After seeing domestic life in Aulë's household, and how Mairon is treated by his master, the attraction that life with Melkor would have offered is actually pretty obvious. Kind of like being one of the late Boyd Coddington's overworked, under-appreciated hot rod mechanics, and being lured away by his rival Chip Foose to work on cooler projects, for more money and more artistic freedom. (Coddington never took anyone back who left him, either.) Just sayin'.
Author's Response: Thanks! I like your analogy, it really brings it to life. I modeled the lives of the Maiar on the lives of servants in the Middle Ages, or to a lesser extent, the servants in an English Country House. This is just what Maiar life is like, and since they don’t know any differently, they don’t mind. I added a paragraph to make the point that Eönwë’s home life under Manwë isn’t different from Mairon’s under Aulë. Eönwë doesn’t get beaten as severely, but only because Manwë is intellectual whereas Aulë is physical. Neither of them are cruel, it’s just how things are done. Melkor’s household is the closest to being egalitarian, but that’s a result of how small his group is, not because he decided to be different.
I have to say I love your Sauron :) and your witch-king they are both very amusing and completely evil :)
hmm... I wonder how Aule will re-act when he opens his door to find Sauron standing on the doorstep, so to speak?
Please update soon, cant wait for more!!