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Believe It or Not by nautika

Author: nautika
Title: Believe it or Not
Rating: G
Theme: Dialogue
Elements: a cobbler, a staircase, a boot and the word ancient
Author's Notes: I know I am not Tolkien.
Summary: In Rivendell before the Quest, Pippin discovers a difference between Men and Hobbits.
Word Count: 225

“You’ll never believe it, Merry!”
“What now, Pip?”
“You know that fellow from Gondor?”
“You mean the Steward’s son? Boromir, Captain-General of all of Gondor? That fellow?”
“Yeah, that’s the one! I thought he looked like a fine warrior, and I wanted to make his acquaintance, so when I saw him coming down the staircase, I tried to talk with him.”
“You mean you talked at him and he couldn’t wait to get away.”
“Now that’s not fair, Merry. I remembered we were representing the Shire. Anyway, he looked like he could use some help. He was holding one boot in his hand, and looked a bit awkward, like he was trying to decide if he should take the other one off or leave it on. And they looked old enough that they might have been around when the Old Took was born!”
“Is that what I’m to find so hard to believe? That Boromir of Gondor’s boots are practically antique?”
“No, of course not. It’s just that when I was talking to him, I mean when Boromir and I were talking to each other, he said he was looking for a cobbler!”
“And what’s so strange about that? No one loves cobblers better than you do, Pip! Why shouldn’t men of Gondor like them, too?”
“Merry, he wasn’t talking about an apple cobbler, or a peach cobbler, or a blackberry cobbler! He was looking for someone to mend his boots!”
“What?!”
“See, I told you that you wouldn’t believe it!”

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addie71
Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was cute! *giggles*
shirebound
Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Love the use of 'cobbler' here! Poor confused hobbits. :)
labourslamp
Nov. 23rd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee! Two countries separated by a common language... and a lack of footwear!

Well done!
grey_wonderer
Nov. 24th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Got here through a rec from mews1945. That was very cute. I like the two different meanings for 'cobbler' that you used here. A very enjoyable read.
kayleelupin
Nov. 24th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
*giggles* Of course, they don't have the occupation of cobbler in the Shire! Maybe in Bree...I vaguely remember reading that *some* hobbits wore boots...I can't remember where and don't have my book on me!

But that was just too cute! And I like the other kind of cobbler too. Very hobbity!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
harrowcatliz
Nov. 24th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I think it is the Brandybucks when they have to work in the wet and by the river that wear boots - but I am willing to be corrected.

Great use of confusion Nautika.
blslarner
Nov. 28th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ah--love the culture clash here! So very likely! And of course these two cousins should share this conversation. As for Boromir himself--I'd be surprised if he DIDN'T need a cobbler after so long walking throughout Eriador!
pearltook1
Nov. 29th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Bravo, nautika - a wonderful play on words! I hope the confusion got cleared up at some point in time. Great dialogue. :-)
wendwriter
Nov. 29th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I was vastly amused at the play on words and the idea that a Hobbit would know where to find a cobbler to mend a warrior's boots! Great stuff!
periantari
Dec. 5th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
haha that was funnY~ you have Merry and Pippin down pat pretty well. :)
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