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May 25th, 2010

Little Dogs Laughed by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Little Dogs Laughed
Rating: G
Theme: Loose ends
Elements: My loose end was to tell of an adventure that Roverandom had with his boy after the end of the tale.
Author's Notes: In 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien, his wife Edith, and their three little boys, John, 7; Michael, 5; and baby Christopher went to spend the summer at a cottage near the sea. It was by all accounts a nice holiday.

At that time, little MIchael had a favorite toy, a little painted metal dog. He called it "Rover" and carried it everywhere with him, ate with it, and slept with it-- as small children will with a favorite toy. One day while walking on the beach with his father and older brother, he put the little dog down so that they could skip stones on the sea. Sadly, when they were finished, he could not find little Rover anywhere. His father and brother helped him search for it all that day and the next, with no luck.

Poor little Michael was very upset, so to make him feel better, his father began to tell him a story about Rover and his adventures. A couple of years later, in 1927, Tolkien decided to write the little story down. It was not published at that time, nor ten years later when he submitted it-- it was rejected.

The story was finally published post-humously in 1998. It is a charming tale, and even though it does not seem to be set in Middle-earth, there are places in the story where hints of the larger story may be seen. If you are not familiar with the story, I've done a voice-post reading of the book beginning here..

In the book, Michael is always referred to as "little boy Two", and so I have kept that.

I chose to do my gapfiller for Roverandom, based on this loose end:

"Indeed, Roverandom grew to be very wise, and had an immense local reputatio, and had all sorts of other adventures (many of which the little boy shared)."

This particular Challenge story is dedicated to shirebound, in honor of her new four-legged family member.

Summary: A dog and his boy have an Adventure.
Word Count: 3,493

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