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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



The holly green, the ivy green,
The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen
is Yuletide in the Shire-lands,
With all of the folks at home!

Brush up your toes, put on warm clothes,
We’ll gather the pine-boughs and mistletoe!
The smell of baking, you know of course,
Will guide us all back home!

The door is always open, the neighbours pay a call
For friendship’s sake we’ll have some cake,
And a toast to one and all.

Our hearts are light, our spirits bright,
We’ll celebrate our joy tonight
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands,
With all of the folks at home!

The holly green, the ivy green,
The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen
from Westmarch to the Outlands,
no matter where you roam
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands
With all of the folks at home!

We'll hang the wreaths and garlands while all the Family's here
Around a roaring Yule-log fire,
We’ll raise a cup of cheer!

There's gifts to bring and songs to sing,
And laughs to make the rafters ring
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands
With all of the folks at home.

The holly green, the ivy green,
The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen
from Westmarch to the Outlands,
no matter where you roam
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands
With all of the folks at home!

The children run and play, and hope to see some snow!
We listen to their happy yells
And laughter as we go!

How grand it feels to click your heels,
And dance away to the jigs and reels.
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands
With all of the folks at home.

The holly green, the ivy green,
The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen
from Westmarch to the Outlands,
no matter where you roam
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands
With all of the folks at home!
It’s Yuletide in the Shire-lands
With all of the folks at home!

Date: 2010-12-23 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
What a perfectly hobbity song! I can imagine everyone singing that at Yule parties, or 'caroling' through the streets.

Date: 2010-12-23 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meneleth.livejournal.com
That is lovely! Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

Your icon is beautiful, by the way.

Date: 2010-12-23 06:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] claudia603.livejournal.com
awww...That's beautiful, sweetie! Happy holidays to you! (and all the hobbits)

Date: 2010-12-23 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mews1945.livejournal.com
A perfect hobbity Yuletide song. I can see them gathered around a roaring fireplace and singing this while they roast chestnuts and drink lots of ale.

Date: 2010-12-23 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] addie71.livejournal.com
That is delightful! *hums the tune now stuck in her head*

Date: 2010-12-24 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pandemonium-213.livejournal.com
I don't know how much more perfect a fit that could be. Hat's off and a merry Yule to the Master of Buckland and to the Thain!

I'll have you know that this Shire Yuletide song triggered a spate of downloads from iTunes this afternoon. First, I found one of The Irish Rovers' albums with that very song on it. While I was cleaning up Ercassemar, I listened to their version of Yuletide in the Shire-lands with the volume on 11. In the intervening years, it seems the lyrics have changed from Meriadoc's version, but I still could easily imagine a hobbit celebration. That led to Reilly's "Kick Ass Celtic Christmas" (Reilly is a Milwaukee based Celtic rock band similar to Boston's own Dropkick Murphys) and that led to David Arkenstone's "Celtic Christmas" and that led to the purchase of Rose and Thistle (http://store.revels.org/roseandthistle.aspx) Christmas Revels (which I am listening to now - it's excellent). Spawn the Younger and I are now considering going to the Christmas Revels in Cambridge next week.

See what you started. ;^)

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