Recently I’ve been listening to The Magnus Archives (podcast) and also getting back into my Silmarillion obsession with an Angbang fic so of course, the best thing to do is a crossover type thing. TMA spoilers from here on, but minor ones!
Within TMA, there are 14 (or dubiously 15) fear entities–that is to say, supernatural forces which are and cause fear, including claustrophobia, fear of heights, etc. There are also, within the podcast, avatars–humans who cause fear and gain powers. And, using this system, it’s possible to sort of articulate what a character inflicts upon others or is like at their worst (which fear they would be an avatar for) as well as what they fear the most (which fear they would be eaten by).
This post is going to focus on Mairon and Melkor. More under the cut.