A Maia who names himself Annatar (‘Lord of Gifts’) has just been appointed to the Board of Gwaith-i-Mírdain Designs, Eregion’s premier technology and metalworking company.
Annatar started working for GMD when he arrived in the city of Ost-in-Edhil 30 years ago. This is the company’s first promotion to the Board in over 200 years, and Celebrimbor, GMD’s CEO, has the following to say about the appointment:
Annatar has proved to be an extremely valuable colleague. His knowledge of metallurgy, mathematics, physics, chemistry and linguistics is second-to-none, and he has already taught us a great deal. Annatar is the very model of a collaborative scientist, and the Board is pleased to welcome him to their ranks in the hope that he will continue his great work for GMD over the coming centuries.
Rumour has it that while the members of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain are happy with the appointment, some prominent political figures in Eregion are less approving. A spokeself for High King Gil-Galad commented cryptically that “people who seem too good to be true usually are”, and Lady Galadriel reportedly shut her doors in Annatar’s face when he came to pay his respects.
It seems the three Elven rulers cautioned Celebrimbor not to trust Annatar, but he may feel vindicated by the fact that since the Maia joined GMD in S.A. 1200, productivity has shot up and share prices have increased by 500%.
Meanwhile, court gossip in Ost-in-Edhil is already starting to suggest that Celebrimbor may be finding comfort in the arms of his new colleague. According to one close friend:
Something most people don’t know is that Celebrimbor never really got over being rejected by Galadriel in the First Age. He’s never showed interest in any woman since then, which leads some of us to wonder whether he’s now decided to bat for the other side. Annatar is, after all, extremely charming and handsome, and more than a match for Celebrimbor’s intelligence.