The Forging of the Ring!
Yes - you can see it there. Glowing red hot in the coals.
And you're asking yourself - what the heck am I talking about?
Well, I asked Max to make me a mandrel - an iron ring - but I wanted it to be smaller than the rings he usually makes out of iron. And since he had been dying to try out his new forge, he quickly took advantage of the moment. Coals were heaped and lighted.
And he began to forge the red hot metal with his hammer.
After he had made several rings and also forged that paddle (see below), I took a closer look at what he had made.
See that little ring in the bottom left corner? Well, it spoke to me. (Don't tell anyone I said so...) It called out to me, asking to be set apart from the other rings (no, there is definitely no writing on the inside of the ring, I checked).
This is what the little iron ring wanted. It wanted to be a pendant. And you were afraid I was going to go on for another two books....