Characters: A family of Rohan after the Ring War
Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
Grandmother took newly laid duck eggs and ‘first-milk’ cheese, and went to market. She had not been for many months for she’d had nothing to sell, no money to buy, and no wish to meet others.
Her goods sold quickly; other farms and families had not fared so well since the sad homecoming of Théoden King brought confirmation of too few farmers returning to work the land. Many had eaten their ducks or lost their cow.
Grandmother thought of hard-working, often hungry, Osred, thanked Béma, and took her money to a nearby stall to buy the lad a well-earned gift.
Author's note; those who remember the earlier drabbles might recall this line as Osred went about his early morning tasks;
His belly rumbled and he thought, ‘Lucky ducks that Grandmother values your eggs to come in spring more than your flesh, roasted, now!’