Memorial Day Onlist Challenge

War and Remembrance

23. A Letter Home

Thain Paladin Took
Great Smails
The Shire

Dear Mum and Dad

I hope this letter reaches you, Gandalf says now things have calmed down a bit it might get through.

Anyway I expect you've been wondering what happened to me. Well Merry and me along with Frodo Baggins and his gardener, Sam Gamgee we got sort of enlisted in this war and ended up in Minas Tirith, that's in Gondor.

So many things have happened I can't begin to describe them, but it was all very exciting. Well apart from the bad bits, like when our best friend got killed and then Merry and me were prisoners of war and had to escape. A lot of fighting went on that night, but it was very confusing and we managed to get away in the dark.

Then we got caught up in a big battle which flooded and totally destroyed Isengard and at the same time there was a big war going on in Rohan. We only heard about that later but lots of soldiers and orcs got killed, quite a bloodbath I think.

Oh then I went to Minas Tirith with Gandalf after a bit of bother I had and it got besieged until they broke the gates and that was pretty scary but Gandalf did some good magic so it was all right in the end. Could you believe we get on quite well now, Gandalf and me?

Then Merry had a pretty rough time but was very brave and all, but he couldn't fight in the last battle, so I got to go and represent the Shire - which was pretty grand. Except of course when I nearly got killed, but Gimli found me, so I didn't.

Anyway, how are the crops doing this year and is Dandelion in foal yet? I was hoping to get a pony out of her by when I got back. I'm really looking forward to having some proper tea and crumpets again, they don't have them down here.

Frodo and Sam got a special feast in their honour and you wouldn't believe the food! Mum, it would have put even Great Smails Yule table to shame and that's saying something.

Can you let Auntie Es and Uncle Sara know that Merry and Frodo are all right and it might be good to just drop a line to Gaffer Gamgee to tell him his Sam is still alive.

It was really exciting being in the war, but I am looking forward to coming home and I don't think I want to be in another one. Too many awful things happen as well, if you know what I mean, it's hard to explain so I'm not going to try, just to say I really miss you both - so much.

Have to go now as Gandalf says there is a messenger leaving for up north at noon and I don't want to miss him.

Your loving son


PS: Merry and me both got knighted


- Llinos (500 words)

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Author: HA Writers Group

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/28/03

Original Post: 05/25/03

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