Title: "I’ve Got To Do What?”
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.
Hobbits keep goats. Men may keep cattle, but hobbits keep goats. However Merry had never tried to milk one – that was lasses’ work. Not that it could be that hard – put the bucket underneath, aim and squeeze. (Had there been a hobbit lass around she might have told him it was not that simple.)
Men may keep cattle, but men are taller than hobbits, stronger, with bigger hands. This is why hobbits keep goats.
No wonder, then, that Merry was aghast when someone told him that, as a knight of The Mark, he would be expected to milk a mare.