Characters: Pippin, Merry and OC
Source: Post-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien made the original.
Note: Roonell Goodtable originated here
“Are you sure?”
Pip nodded vigorously. “He’ll love it, it’s very traditional.”
“Mmmm... sounds rum to me. Why should he want to borrow them?”
Merry sighed, “Not literally... it’s a rhetorical flourish...”
Roonell looked a touch puzzled.
“...a figure of speech - knowing the correct flourish shows culture and sophistication... wouldn’t you say?”
Roonell smiled sagely ...of course. He knew that.
Later at the welcome meet... the pompous hobbit rose slowly, majestically to his feet, puffed out his chest...
“Friends, Hobbits, Gondorians – lend me your ears!”
Pip and Merry collapsed in a heap of stifled giggling.
King Elessar merely looked mystified.