Title: Another Wedding Song
Author's Notes: Written while I was hashing out how hobbit weddings would look in my take on the Shire.
Summary: A hobbit wedding song
Word Count: 44
The sun has crept into her bed,
And stars are kissing sky,
So why are you two dawdling
In bidding us good-bye?
To bed! To bed! Begone, we say,
We hope that you agree!
And don’t come back until you’re fit
For civil company!
Author's Notes: This song is part of a uniquely hobbity tradition described by Meriadoc in his "Notes on Weddings." Apparently the tradition had evolved thus: as families grew larger and gained in importance, the bride and groom were often forced (especially during the late autumn and winter) to stay at the reception past sundown in accepting the well-wishes of their guests. Eventually someone noticed and composed an annoying ditty along the lines of the one above, and it then became acceptable for the newlyweds to slip off shortly after their chief obligations during the reception, to avoid having the song sung at them. The whole thing has since become, as Meriadoc described it, "the politest game of cat and mouse in history," as the couple's guests attempt--politely--to detain them, and the couple attempts--politely--to avoid them. If the couple is particularly lucky, they will find one or more sympathetic guests who will, whilst talking with them, walk with them in the direction of the egress (such a thing, in fact, apparently happened at the wedding of Sam and Rose).
"None of the other People I spoke with," said Meriadoc, "have a similar custom, and in fact a number of them suggested that the couple deliberately snub any detainers by pretending not to see them, or by not responding to their solicitous words. Such folk, clearly, have not heard of the King, which is a particularly grievous offense in this day and age."