Disasters Challenge; Plague.
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.
Another Bedtime Tale for Little Hobbits
Once upon a time there lived a hobbit who left his cosy hobbit hole to learn about Big People.
He saw that in many ways they were not unlike hobbits and decided to stay for a while.
But then came the black boil sickness and some of the Big People blamed the hobbit; though it was never his fault.
So the hobbit came home. But he brought back black boil sickness and half the hobbits of the Shire died, including him.
Which goes to show that hobbits that leave The Shire can bring about a bad end for us all!
Author's note - A devastating disease spread across Middle-earth between III 1635 and III 1637, more commonly called the Dark Plague or the Great Plague. It came out of the East of Middle-earth, ravaging Rhovanion and Gondor (King Telemnar of Gondor and his children were all lost to it) before passing on northwards.