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Every year I try to come up with a new song from the Shire for Yule. This year's offering turned into something a little different!

A New Year's Game of the Shire
 
This is a game played on the first day of the New Year, which by the Shire Reckoning is called Second Yule. It's a popular feature at most New Year celebrations, and often even the adults will join in before the song ends.


The game is started by some of the children beginning to sing:


Now the year is spent,
We don't know where it went!

(A few children begin the game, holding hands and skipping forward in time to the song.)


Don't look for it behind;
A new one we must find!
Take my hand and help us look!

(At this they break apart and grab other children into the line, and then begin to skip once more. This is repeated after each chorus, so that the line gets longer and longer. The children may weave throughout the hole, and even go outdoors.)

It won't be in the larder,
It won't be under the bed.
Look for it a little harder--
No, it's not in the shed.


Don't look for it behind;
A new one we must find!
Take my hand and help us look!

(Repeat the actions of the chorus)

It isn't in the garden,
It's not up in a tree.
Oh, I beg your pardon,
Is it anywhere you can see?

Don't look for it behind;
A new one we must find!
Take my hand and help us look!

(Repeat the actions of the chorus)

Perhaps it's in tomorrow!
Is that what you say?
But the future we can't borrow;
Could it be here today?


Why, it's right here today!
Why, it's right here today!
We found it! We found it! Yay! Yay! Yay!

(The children drop hands and jump up and down at each "Yay!", and then fall to the ground at the end.)

This particular game is not played on any other day of the year, but may be played several times on that day.
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Every year I try to write another "traditional Yule carol of the Shire".

Here's my New Year's Wish for one and all! Imagine the hobbits singing this around a blazing Yule Log:

Good-bye, Old Year, Good-bye!

Good-bye, Old Year, good-bye!
On moonlit wings you fly!
Take your sadness,
Leave your gladness,
Good-bye, Old Year, good-bye!

Good-night, Old Year, good-night!
The stars are twinkling bright!
Your sorrows are past,
But good times will last,
Good-night, Old Year, good-night!

Farewell, Old Year, farewell!
Your days have ended well.
Take your fear,
And leave your cheer,
Farewell, Old Year, farewell!

Good Day, New Year, Good Day!
The Sun shall have her way.
May our joys be bright,
And our sorrows be light,
Good Day, New Year, Good Day!

Hello, New Year, Hello!
The East is all a-glow!
A new day rises,
Filled with surprises,
Hello, New Year, Hello!



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I meant to post this yesterday, but did not get the chance! So here's a belated Mother's Day Gift, a new chapter of "A Mother's Work"!

Rating: G
Summary: Even in Gondor, a mother's work is never done.

A Mother's Work: Rose
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Every year I try to think up at least one new carol that the hobbits of the Shire like to sing. Here's this year's offering.

I am imagining that this is very popular in Michel Delving; the first song to be sung at the lighting of a giant Yule bonfire in the town green there. It's sung once straight through, and then as a two part round, with the lads singing the first part and the lasses the second. I do have a little tune for it in my head, but you can imagine it to any favorite tune that it might scan to.

The Westfarthing Yule-song

The day is short; the night is long.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!
The dark is deep, but light is strong.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!

The Yule log burns bright!
Candles a-light!
Stars in the night!
Come Dawn all is right!

The day is short; the night is long.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!
The dark is deep, but light is strong.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!

The bells they do ring!
The children do sing!
Sparrows a-wing!
Soon will come spring!

The day is short; the night is long.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!
The dark is deep, but light is strong.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!

Oh, Winter will shrink,
Whatever we think!
Before we can blink--
So let's have a drink!

The day is short; the night is long.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!
The dark is deep, but light is strong.
Merrily, merrily sing this song!
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(Written June 2013, for Father's Day)

Title: Fathers by Choice
Rating: G
Author's Notes: I have always been struck by the fact that both Elrond and Bilbo had adoptive sons on the Quest, and thought that might be something that would draw them together.
Summary: Elrond and Bilbo worry about the sons of their hearts. A double drabble (200 words)




February 26, T.A. 3018
Breaking of the Fellowship. Death of Boromir; his horn is heard in Minas Tirith. Meriadoc and Peregrin captured. Frodo and Samwise enter the Easter Emyn Muil. Aragorn sets out in pursuit of the Orcs at evening. Éomer hears of the descent of the Orc-band from Emyn Muil. (From Appendix B, "The Tale of Years, The Great Years")


Fathers by Choice
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Hello all! It's a holiday, and I've written a couple of Father's Day fics I thought I would share here!

Here's the first one.

(Written June 2013, for Father's Day)

Title: A Father's Fears
Rating: G
Summary: A six drabble set on what it was like to be the father of Peregrin Took. (600 words)


A Father's Fears
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Hi, members! I've imported this community to Dreamwidth so that it's accessible from LJ as well as Dreamwidth. Please feel free to 'friend' [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_holidays at Dreamwidth, if you're active there.

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The master list of stories, etc. archived in LJ "Memories" did NOT get imported, so it continues to be available here: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=hobbit_holidays
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It's been a long time since I wrote a story that was not either a WIP or an exchange story or a challenge story. But this one came to me tonight after the Children's Pageant at church, and I came home and just wrote it all up at once. And though it's been a very long time, I thought this was a good place for it.

Rating: G, but a little angsty
Summary: It's the Year of the Troubles, and the Year is Turning but the Troubles aren't over yet. Pippin's sister Pimpernel ponders what the New Year might bring. Will her brother ever come home?

The Darkest Night

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Well, it's time for another tribute to a hobbit mum! This time it's Adamanta Chubb Took, wife of Gerontius and the matriarch of the Took clan for many years!

Author: Dreamflower
Rating: G
Summary: The materfamilias of the Took clan ponders her family...

A Mother's Work: Adamanta

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Summary: A Shire Yuletide song of the early Fourth Age, made popular by Thain Peregrin I. The words are said to have been written by Meriadoc the Magnificent, Master of Buckland.
Rating: G
(Author’s Notes: This is a filk, based on the song “Christmas in Killarney”, written by John Redmond, James Cavanaugh and Frank Weldon in 1950, and made popular by Bing Crosby. I woke up last night with the song as an earworm, and realized that the main phrase in the chorus scanned to “Yuletide in the Shire-lands”. Everything comes back to hobbits in the end…)

Yuletide in the Shire-lands

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Frodo only realized what day it was when Bilbo told him. He had completely lost track. Living with elves, and in this place especially, had that effect on a body. He was very surprised to find out that Bilbo had been keeping a calendar this past year. It was so very unlike the Bilbo he remembered in Rivendell, with a desk piled half to the ceiling of notes written on odd sheets of paper. Bilbo said he thought it was important, but he wouldn’t explain why.


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Rating: G
Summary: The Gaffer gets a very special letter.

This story is written as a tribute to proud fathers everywhere, and is dedicated to my good friend Marigold, who gave me the bunny for it.

The Gaffer’s Letter
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Here's a little holiday gift for all my friends!

Title: Comfort and Joy
Rating: G
Summary: Frodo gets a good deal of comfort from news across the Sea...
A/N: This takes place during my story "Ancestress",chapter nine, "Adamanta Calls Again".

Comfort and Joy
[identity profile] lilybaggins.livejournal.com
HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2009, FOLKS!

Author: Lily Baggins
Title: The Hobbits Do Halloween
Rating: G
Characters: the Fellowship
Warnings: None
Summary: Nobody does Halloween like a hobbit!


On to the silliness! )
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Here is a new Shire carol, and my hopes for all for the New Year!
Rated G

The Year Has Turned (Sing Tarrilee)
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Happy New Year to you all!
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A Yuletide story. On a special commission for Thain Peregrin, Ferdibrand Took finds himself lost and alone in unfamiliar territory. (Title taken from an old song, written in 1943: I'll Be Home for Christmas)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

Part 9 )
[identity profile] rakshi.livejournal.com
Title: Hope, Faith, and Remembrance: Dangar Finds His Hero
Author: Rakshi ( rakshi@sean-astin.net )
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Dangar and Rory (With touches of Sam and Frodo)
Summary: It is 300 years since Frodo sailed into the West and in most of the Shire his deeds and life have long since been forgotten. But one determined Hobbit refuses to let his story fade away.

Disclaimer: Tolkien’s characters… but also ours. Written with deepest love and respect.

Author's notes: I am, indeed, lucky and blessed to have had the help of two wonderful ladies. My thanks to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] blackbird_song for sharing her thoughts and her knowledge. And deepest thanks to my dearest [livejournal.com profile] abandonada who has recently been taking a course to become a professional editor. If her brilliant work on this story is any yardstick, she is going to be the best editor alive. Her suggestions and research made this a much better story. I also want to mention [livejournal.com profile] auralonde (who no longer posts on LJ). The story idea was hers, but when she decided not to write the story she graciously allowed me to build on her original thought. I think of all the stories I've ever written - this is one of my favorites. I hope you like it.

Posted in two parts.

Hope, Faith, and Remembrance: Dangar Finds His Hero Part One

Hope, Faith, and Remembrance: Dangar Finds His Hero Part Two
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Next installment. Part 7 has links to all the previous chapters, just look back an entry or two. I'll get the links in here tomorrow, I hope, but someone's breathing down my neck for the computer.

Oasis in a Thirsty Land )
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Parts 1-6 were posted last year. I promise to do my best to finish up the story before next year rolls around!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Part 7 )
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