The Road Goes Ever On: 4. In the Wild

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4. In the Wild

(For the "Bequeath" prompt.)

In the Wild

There's a thread of smoke rising from the clearing; Bilbo tiptoes around its edge, unwilling to show himself till he's taken a good look. But the figure hunched over the fire calls, without turning round: "Come, Master Hobbit; there is warmth and food here for two."

"Far too quiet for Dwarf or Man, and I'd know were you an Elf," the shaggy-haired stranger explains. "My people have guarded the Shire-borders for many a year, and know Hobbit foot-falls." Fine lines around his eyes, bequeathed by years in the open, crinkle as he smiles and proffers tobacco. "Where are you bound?"

~~~

'I have often kept watch on the borders of the Shire in the last few years, when [Gandalf] was busy elsewhere. He seldom left it unguarded.' The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 10, Strider.


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: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/13/12

Original Post: 02/13/12

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