Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,
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Transactions challenge, Bequeath - In the Wild

Author: Azalais
Title: In the Wild
Characters: Bilbo, Aragorn
Source: LoTR
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit



In the Wild

There's a thread of smoke rising from the clearing; Bilbo tiptoes around its edge, unwilling to show himself till he's taken a good look. But the figure hunched over the fire calls, without turning round: “Come, Master Hobbit; there is warmth and food here for two.”

“Far too quiet for Dwarf or Man, and I'd know were you an Elf,” the shaggy-haired stranger explains. “My people have guarded the Shire-borders for many a year, and know Hobbit foot-falls.” Fine lines around his eyes, bequeathed by years in the open, crinkle as he smiles and proffers tobacco. “Where are you bound?”

~~~

'I have often kept watch on the borders of the Shire in the last few years, when [Gandalf] was busy elsewhere. He seldom left it
unguarded.' The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 10, Strider.

Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: transactions: bequeath, character: aragorn, character: bilbo
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