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.
*Tharhîwon is a regular character in some of my stories - an orphaned elfling he was adopted by Frodo in The West when it became clear that he had no living relatives there. He has featured here in drabbles before - specifically those written for the Mulled Wine Challenges last year.
Thoughts of liquor reminded Tharhîwon of the large jars of damsons steeping in brandy in the back, cool, larder. Fortunately, the ‘hobbit hole’ had ceilings designed to accommodate elves but he still needed to stoop a little to reach.
He would decant the brandy into pretty bottles and gift it for Mid-winter to Master Elrond and Lady Celebrían. He would miss them if he went inland with Legolas’ people…
But he would miss the wood elves more if he stayed – one especially.
He began to make pastry for a brandied damson and apple pie for Gimli; decision, really, already made.