15. Better to Give than to Receive
"Pippin looks sad today," Aragorn remarked.
"It is his birthday and it distresses him that he has no gifts to share," Frodo replied.
Boromir looked puzzled. "But one receives gifts on one's birthday, not gives them away!"
"You still have a lot to learn concerning Hobbits." Aragorn laughed. "Maybe we can lift his spirits? Since we can go no further until nightfall, I will tell Pippin to rest now."
When the youngest Hobbit awoke he found a pile of gifts at his side, a whistle carved by Aragorn, a few mushrooms gathered by Frodo and Sam, an ivory button from Boromir, a polished stone from Gimli and a handful of berries from Merry and Legolas. Gandalf blew smoke rings from his pipe, which spelled out a birthday message. "Many happy returns, Pippin!" the others cried.
Pippin smiled at his friends and distributed the gifts amongst them. Hobbit honour was satisfied.
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