Author: Lanthirel, aka Deidre
Disclaimer: Tolkien implied in a letter that we could play in his sandbox.
Notes: written for the late challenge at tolkien_weekly
LATE FOR ADVENTURE AND DINNER
Bilbo Baggins was, until the invasion of his comfy and well-stocked hobbit hole, always on time. Well, in his younger days, he had often been late, coming back from long rambles in the country-side, but as he settled into middle-age, that happened less and less.
But then came those pesky dwarves and that wizard Gandalf, suborning him to a long adventure, fraught with dangers of every kind, wherein meals were often late, if they happened at all.
Pushing through the goblin guards at the Back-Door of the Misty Mountains, Bilbo was terribly afraid that this time he would be late!