7. ~Bedtime Stories~
[Strider sings softly to himself beside the campfire as the hobbits lie down to sleep]
Frodo: Who was she? This woman you sing of.
Strider: 'Tis the lay of Gerty Guttplugg, the Outhouse Racing Champion of Mordor, an orc maiden who gave her love to a mortal.
Frodo: What happened to her?
Strider: She entered the Annual Chili Bean Eating Contest and was asphyxiated to death, as was everyone around her. Which is how the Dead Marshes really came about. [looking a trifle embarrassed at the emotion he betrays] Get some sleep, Frodo.
Frodo: [lies down with a sigh] Gee, I love romantic bedtime stories.....