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Author: Larner
Title: A State of Dress for a Meeting of State
Topic: Short and Sweet
Rating: G
Beta: RiverOtter
Author's Notes: Both RiverOtter and I count this as having 373 words! For Mews for her birthday!
Summary: When the King requires Frodo Baggins to dress appropriately for a meeting with newly arrived envoys to the Citadel of Minas Tirith, Frodo considers balking completely!
Word Count: 373

A State of Dress for a Meeting of State

“Sam, is this really necessary?”

“You heard Lord Strider, Master.”

Frodo sighed. He closed his eyes and took deep breaths, finally opened them again, a fatalistic expression on his face, and gave a brief nod.

Pippin helped remove the shirt Frodo had been wearing. Once the quilted silk garment designed to be worn under Frodo’s mithril corslet was slipped over his head, Pippin left Sam to tie the laces at the neck while he brought a shirt of dark blue embroidered about the placket, cuffs, and hem with white stars. This they helped Frodo to don, and then the corslet itself. The crystals of the corslet shone in splendor against the blue of the placket and long sleeves. Then there was the overtunic, which was embroidered with stylized renditions of the Two Trees, Telperion on the right and Laurelin to the left. Now the glittering belt that matched the corslet was carefully fastened about Frodo’s now slender waist, and to it was fixed Sting’s sheath.

Sam saw to it that Frodo’s hair was carefully brushed both upon Frodo’s head and his feet while Pippin fetched the Circlet of Honor that Frodo was to wear. The older Hobbit eyed it with distaste, ready once more to balk. “No, Pippin—not that as well!”

Pippin gave a wry smile. “I fear that you are left with no choice in the matter, my beloved cousin. Our Lord Strider insists that if he must dress up to meet these new envoys, so must you. After all, I suspect they want to see you as much as they do the new Lord King Elessar Envinyatar Telcontar.”

“It’s rank silliness, all this mess and bebotherment,” Frodo grumbled as the mithril coronet was settled upon his brows.

“There!” Pippin said, admiring the effect of the mithril against Frodo’s dark curls. “And if you don’t indeed look the right Prince of the West they called you at Cormallen!”

“I’d rather stay here and work on my notes for Bilbo,” Frodo objected.

But his younger cousin and Sam were shaking their heads. “You won’t be getting out of this ceremony, Frodo Baggins!” Pippin warned.

“My only consolation now is that Sam must dress up, too!” Frodo announced.

Sam groaned, and Pippin laughed.


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Jul. 19th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, both Sam and Frodo tend to look on all this as totally unnecessary, while Pippin and Merry enjoy the dressing up! Heh!
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Poor, put-upon Frodo! He must have looked splendid, though. Thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I do bet he did, Clodia, no matter how much he disliked the process. Thanks!
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Jul. 20th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
I can just see Frodo here pulling out some of Bilbo's favorite constructions and using them, can't you? Heh! And do hope your birthday was delightful.
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
mess and bebotherment, what a great phrase! I enjoyed reading this very much. I do love our dear hobbits! May this be Sam's greatest problem, ever again.
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
Can't you imagine that at such a moment Frodo would begin echoing the language used by his beloved Uncle Bilbo, Shirebound? Hee! And now it's Sam's turn to get all dressed up too fine and fancy for a plain Hobbit like himself. If only that were the extent of his distresses!
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
“My only consolation now is that Sam must dress up, too!” Frodo announced.
Sam groaned, and Pippin laughed.

heh! Poor Frodo and Sam, having to put up with such frippery. Confusticate it all! :P

This is delightful. I love it when Frodo pouts, though it does little to help him in this instance.
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Bilbo would be in full voice, were he here rather than Frodo, I suspect, although the old fellow would be secretly adoring the whole process. Remember, he had full rooms in which he stored his wardrobe! Heh!

Thanks so very much. I, too, like to see Frodo grump now and then.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. I love the hobbit feel to it and the interactions of the characters.
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks, Foxrafer. Bet Pippin was smiling broadly through the full preparation of both of these two! Heh!
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to see a picture of Frodo dressed like that. I'll bet he did indeed look the Prince of the West. And lol, poor Sam- looks like his turn is next. :)) Thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I bet Frodo appeared just gorgeous, Lbilover. And, yes, now it's Sam's turn! And thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Hee - bebotherment indeed! Poor Frodo - they just won't let him fade into the background, will they? At least he has the consolation of an equally discombobulated Sam!

This was lovely!
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
And you certainly have the right of it, ElderberryWine. And at the moment I suspect Frodo was fully willing to use his Uncle Bilbo's language at full length! Heh! Thanks!
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
*giggles* I feel for them!
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
I do, too, Addie, but not enough to let them get away with hiding in the closet so they don't have to get dressed. Heh! Thanks!
Jul. 20th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Wonderful outfit! Shame Frodo didn't enjoy putting it in on. He has my sympathy though.
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Am so glad you approve, Wormwood. No, I suspect Frodo didn't want anything to do with it all, but would do so only because Aragorn insisted. And I bet he'd appreciate any sympathy he could get at the time. Heh! Thanks!
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Poor Frodo! You could write a sequel to this maybe about an equally miserable Aragorn getting dressed up!Delightfully amusing!
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
And, of course, I might just write that sequel one day. Thank you so, Linda! Am glad this evoked so many smiles!
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
*snicker* I love it when Frodo and/or Sam get all discomfitted about their fame and the trappings thereof! LOL!
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
So very glad this gave you a grin, Barbara. Yes, this is NOT the way either Frodo or Sam would CHOOSE to dress, after all! Heh! Thanks!
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
*Grin* This is just *so* Frodo and Sam!! Thank you for a lovely little fic!!
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
You are welcome, and am so glad it gave you a smile! Thanks, Cathleen!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Poor Frodo!
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, indeed! Heh! Thanks!
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Jul. 25th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Despite the bebotherment, I bet Frodo looked truly lovely, and Sam as well.
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
I am certain they both looked delightful--particularly striking miniature Lords of the Realm! Thanks so!

And I HAD to throw a Bilboish word in there somewhere! Heh!
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