Grace Before Meat: 1. Grace Before Meat

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1. Grace Before Meat

"Will you look at that?"

 Sam looked up from stirring the pot as Pippin dropped the stick he had been feeding into the meager fire.  Two deer were calmly grazing the thick, winter-browned grass at the edge of the clearing where the Fellowship had camped for the day.  Sam slowly straightened and the deer flicked their ears in his direction before resuming their meal.

 "That's unnatural, that is." Sam's low voice did not seem to bother the deer.  "They are downwind of us."

 The closest deer sidestepped nervously and raised her head as Legolas came to stand beside Pippin.  After a moment, she relaxed and bent her head again to graze.

 "I'll get your bow!" Pippin whispered to Legolas.  "That's dinner." He turned.

 At the movement, the deer raised their heads again, their bodies tense and poised for flight.  Legolas put a restraining hand on Pippin's shoulder.  Sam saw his gaze flick from the deer to Gandalf huddled and asleep in his bedroll next to Frodo's to Sam and Pippin and back to the deer.  The deer lowered their heads and took a few casual steps to get to a succulent patch of grass.

 "I cannot." Legolas shook his head. "They think an elf and a wizard should protect them from predators."

 That made no more sense to Sam than most things he had heard since he left home. He watched the deer for a moment more as they grazed.  He shrugged at the loss of the venison and bent to the pot again. 

 "I hope Strider and the others bring back a coney or two, or it'll be a mighty thin stew tonight."


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.

Story Information

Author: Gwynnyd

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/16/11

Original Post: 06/16/11

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Grace Before Meat

MMB - 17 Jun 11 - 2:19 PM

Ch. 1: Grace Before Meat

Oh!  This is lovely!  Good work!


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