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The Least of Rings by Dreamflower, Part 7

Author: Dreamflower
Title: The Least of Rings
Rating: G
Theme: "All Things are Possible" AU
Elements: This story-starter-- "In the Springtime, birds a-wing time, all hearts are merry and light!"
Author's Notes: This story was inspired by Tolkien's original version of The Hobbit. The relevant passage is quoted at the beginning—taken from the original 1937 edition of The Hobbit.
There will be acknowledgements and special notes at the end of the relevant parts.
Summary: Bilbo picked up a very interesting trinket on his journey with the Dwarves…and it's not what you think. (A series of 500 word vignettes)
Word Count: 500 in each part

Part 7

10 Afterlithe, S.R. 1418

Laughing and flushed, Frodo sat down between Sam and Gandalf. The common room of The Prancing Pony was a jolly place, and he'd just entertained the room with a rousing rendition Uncle Bilbo's song "A Merry Old Inn". He glanced over at Sam. "You ought to give them a recitation of 'Oliphaunt'," he chuckled. "No one recites that quite like you do, Sam!"

Sam blushed. "I ain't had enough beer yet to get the nerve up," he answered, and then looked mournfully into the top of his half-empty tankard. Frodo responded by pouring his friend more from the pitcher on the table, then topped off his own.

"Gandalf?" He held the pitcher out, but the wizard was distracted. Gandalf had been watching the door closely for signs of the friend they were supposed to meet here. Suddenly he stood up. Frodo glanced over at the door--a tall figure wrapped in a dark cloak came in, and he was accompanied by two smaller figures. He nearly spat out his sip of beer in surprise, then he and Sam jumped to their feet as the three approached their table.

"Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took! Whatever possessed you to follow me?" Frodo was angry.

"What made you think we wouldn't, Frodo?" answered Merry. "I'd think you'd know us better than that after all these years."

"Frodo," interrupted Pippin, "this is Strider! He saved us from some brigands that attacked us on the road! He says he knows Gandalf!"

It was quite clear they knew one another. Strider wasted no preliminaries. "Gandalf, there are ruffians gathering in great numbers between here and the Shire, but what is worse is the news that the Nine are abroad somewhere between Bree and Rivendell!" He spoke in a low voice, not to be heard by others in the room, but those with him could hear. Gandalf gave a gasp of dismay, but the four hobbits all looked puzzled.

"Matters have moved too swiftly," he said. "Let us retreat to our room where we may speak privately." Gandalf went to let the innkeeper know they had more members in the party, and to pay the difference.

Frodo led the group to the room they had taken. It was meant to host six hobbits, but Mr. Butterbur had provided a large sized cot for Gandalf. "We can put the other two hobbit beds together for you, Strider," said Pippin.

The Man shook his head. "I'll just put my bedroll in front of the hearth."

Frodo looked at his cousins, who seemed to be making themselves comfortable. "Merry! Pippin! You are not following me all the way to Rivendell!"

"No," Pippin answered cheerily. "We'll travel with you now."

"You'll go back to Buckland."

Merry shook his head. "Not a chance. We intend to stick to you like burrs."

Sam sighed. "Mr. Frodo, you know if they've took it in their heads to come, they'll come."

"No, they need to turn back."

Gandalf entered the room. "No one is turning back."

Part 8


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 28th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm thoroughly enjoying this! :)
May. 29th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad, dear!
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May. 29th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
I wish that I could go into more detail--but I chose the 500 word limit for each chapter to make sure I completed the story for the challenge!

I hope the ending will clear everything up!
May. 29th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, this is an interesting twist to the tale. What next, I wonder?

- Erulisse (one L)
May. 30th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
More twists?
May. 29th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
No, no turning back at this point! How are they going to have the quest, however, with only a one-trick magic ring?
May. 30th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
It's just a one-trick magic ring, BUT there are those who still think it is the One Ring...
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