1. Fifteen Birds in Five Fir-Trees
"All gone already?" Bilbo surveyed the tea-table around which numerous junior Tooks and Bolgers jostled. "You youngsters eat like ravening wargs!"
"What's a warg, Cousin Bilbo?" asked Freddy Bolger through a mouthful of seedcake.
"Dear me," Bilbo began stacking empty plates, "I'm not sure that's fit knowledge for tender ears..."
"Tell! Tell!" Expectant saucer-eyes gazed up at him.
"Oh, very well." Bilbo drew up a stool, his audience rapt. "It was on the dwarves' Quest, many years ago; we had stopped to camp for the night under some pine-trees when first we heard the dreadful howls..."
The children shivered, delighted.
(Written for the Fell Beasts "Wargs" prompt)
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