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Another Wedding Song by Celeritas

Author: Celeritas
Title: Another Wedding Song
Rating: PG
Theme: Poetry
Elements: sky
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."

Comments

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kayleelupin
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
I like this one very much, Celeritas!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
labourslamp
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I had a lot of fun writing it!
goldvermilion87
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THE AUTHOR'S NOTES.

(I also like the poem. But I like the meta more. what can I say?)
labourslamp
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well, in this case I think you need the A/Ns to appreciate the full purpose of the poem. So glad you liked it!
beautifulntime
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I bloody love you.

And while you explained the context a while back I still loved reading the AN. Heh, heh, heh. :)
labourslamp
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! :D
dreamflower02
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
So adorable! And the A/N are perfect!
labourslamp
Apr. 18th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Merry's bits in the A/N completely wrote themselves.
blslarner
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
I, too, enjoy both the ditty and the notes on them. Yes, let's get rid of bride and groom so they can enjoy one another while we enjoy the food! Heh!
labourslamp
Apr. 18th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Of course, depending on how long they've been detained, there might not be much food left! Thank you!
shirebound
Apr. 18th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
That's wonderfully hobbity! What a joyous song.
labourslamp
Apr. 18th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
armarielrozita
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
heheh.....very cute!:D
labourslamp
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much.
alphien
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Very interesting piece. I liked the bit of background information you gave, as it made the piece all the more plausible. Definitely very appropriate for a Hobbit wedding.
labourslamp
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. I had as much fun coming up with the background for the poem as I did writing it. (For added annoyance, sing to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas.")
someplacetobe
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
I couldn't help but laugh as I read it!
labourslamp
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm sure everyone is laughing but the couple! Thank you.
foxrafer
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
This is great, and I too really loved the author's note.
labourslamp
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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