July 2006 Birthday Challenge

Marta's 2006 Birthday Cards

3. Walkabout Season - by Dwimordene

Frodo is out wandering again. All Bag End is in boxes, in crates bound for Crickhollow. The old green door's new-painted, but the wizardly dent shows still. September's turning, has tilted already—the hours fall away toward revelation and farewells.

Merry, stacking cupboards, putting pictures upon walls never meant to be long lived in, knows this. He counts coins, knows the price of ponies, measures meals, miles.

For Frodo is leaving, and Merry's heart hammers in his chest. Fear, yes, but he's a Bucklander, too: walking the hobbit-ways of the Old Forest, he whistles, for the woods whisper of Outside...

The 'wizardly dent' refers the dent Gandalf banged into the door when he knocked the thief-sign off of it in "The Hobbit."

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

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Author: Marta

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Rating: General

Last Updated: 08/14/06

Original Post: 07/04/06

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