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(Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_holidays)

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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Remember this quiz that was going around a few days ago?
I took it the other day, and got 16 out of 20 (two answers I dispute!) and then I noticed something: This test was biased! Questions about every race of beings except for the most important one: Hobbits! Why no hobbit questions?
So, I put my own little hobbit quiz in the comments. Apparently people who are knowledgeable about all those other things don't know much about hobbits, because no one tried to answer them. I am quite sure that my flist is a lot more hobbit savvy! (Actually, I thought this one was fairly easy.)
Here you are:



1. Which hobbit family was rumored to have a “fairy wife” as an ancestress?
A. Brandybucks
B. Bagginses
C. Tooks
D. Gamgees



2. Gandalf first encountered the hobbits of the Shire when?
A. During the Long Winter
B. During the Fell Winter
C. After the Battle of Greenfields
D. When Gerontius became Thain



3. What was Bandobras Took famous for?
A. Inventing the game of golf
B. Killing the chieftain of the goblins
C. Riding a horse
D. All of the above



4. Lalia Clayhanger Took, widow of Thain Fortinbras II, created a scandal by:
A. Leaving her husband
B. Going on an adventure
C. The manner of her death
D. Smoking a pipe


Put your answers in the comments (screened) and I'll reveal the answers in a few days and unscreen the answers!


Edit: 2/1/15 the answers are behind the cut now.
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Found this when I was looking for prompt-words for this month's challenge stories:

150 Words to Describe the Taste of Food
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While researching dates for my story "Eleventy-one: Too Short a Time, Book One", I collected some information on certain years in the Shire. I thought it would be helpful to share this information in case anyone else might find it useful; as for myself, I discovered that the chapter I wanted to write would not canonically fit into the time frame I wanted it to go! However, it did leave me with a good idea for another story sometime in the future.Read more... )
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I wrote a new installment of my series "A Mother's Work" this year, but did not get to post it yesterday, so here's a belated Mother's Day story!

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

A Mother's Work: Rose
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Here are the lads in their home on top of my desk, left to right, Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin.

IMG_20140407_095919_323

More details and pics of them individually can be found here at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_crafts!
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I've posted a couple of new fics over at [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_holidays:

A Father's Fears A six drabble set on what it was like to be the father of Peregrin Took.

Fathers by Choice Elrond and Bilbo worry about the sons of their hearts. A double drabble
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I posted this over at [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_holidays.

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

Fic Repost

Nov. 6th, 2012 11:12 am
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Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] the_mad_hobbit I am reposting a little political fic I wrote for Marigold's Challenges several years ago. There was a lot going on at the Free Fair in Michel Delving in 1427, and the election of a new mayor was only part of it...

AUTHOR: Dreamflower
RATING: G
SUMMARY: A lot of things happened in 1427.
DISCLAIMER: Middle-earth and all its peoples belong to the Tolkien Estate. I own none of them. Some of them, however, seem to own me.

THE GREAT CONVOCATION OF 1427
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In 2006 I began posting a silly little crack!fic at [livejournal.com profile] wee_hobbits. I posted two parts and then got stuck. Well, the other day I got unstuck, and finished it for [livejournal.com profile] shirebound's gift folder. Here is Part 3; there is one more part and a short epilogue to go. I included links to Parts 1 and 2, since after six years, it's not likely anyone actually remembers it...

A DIFFERENT KIND OF MARY SUE (A WEE!HOBBITS AU)

Rated G.

Summary: A very unusual visitor comes to Bag End.

Part 1:
http://community.livejournal.com/wee_hobbits/30167.html

Part 2:
http://wee-hobbits.livejournal.com/30465.html

NEW!Part 3:
http://wee-hobbits.livejournal.com/68176.html
dreamflower: (wee hobbits 1 by <lj user="danae_b">)
In 2006 I began posting a silly little crack!fic at [livejournal.com profile] wee_hobbits. I posted two parts and then got stuck. Well, the other day I got unstuck, and finished it for [livejournal.com profile] shirebound's gift folder. Here is Part 3; there is one more part and a short epilogue to go. I included links to Parts 1 and 2, since after six years, it's not likely anyone actually remembers it...

A DIFFERENT KIND OF MARY SUE (A WEE!HOBBITS AU)

Rated G.

Summary: A very unusual visitor comes to Bag End.

Part 1:
http://community.livejournal.com/wee_hobbits/30167.html

Part 2:
http://wee-hobbits.livejournal.com/30465.html

NEW!Part 3:
http://wee-hobbits.livejournal.com/68176.html
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I was inspired to fannish thoughts by today's devotional post from The Upper Room...
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I was inspired to fannish thoughts by today's devotional post from The Upper Room...
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I'm off to work--but first:


four hobbits and a waggon


HOBBITS

How we love them!
Our small heroes:
Burglar, Ringbearers, Knights of Gondor and Rohan,
Banishing the dark with their bright spirits and brave hearts.
It doesn't bear
Thinking about a world without them,
So dear to our hearts!

Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo! AND
Happy World Hobbit Day!

Thank you, Professor, for writing down these words: "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit."
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I'm off to work--but first:


four hobbits and a waggon


HOBBITS

How we love them!
Our small heroes:
Burglar, Ringbearers, Knights of Gondor and Rohan,
Banishing the dark with their bright spirits and brave hearts.
It doesn't bear
Thinking about a world without them,
So dear to our hearts!

Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo! AND
Happy World Hobbit Day!

Thank you, Professor, for writing down these words: "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit."
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I've updated "Ancestress" over at [livejournal.com profile] troubledtribble:

"Ancestress"--Chapter Fifty-nine: Watched Over

And I updated "Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time" yesterday:

Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude at Many Paths to Tread
Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude at Stories of Arda
Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude at FF.net

The grim news of the Shire's plight spreads; aid is on the way, will it be in time? (I have upped the rating a notch, for angst.)
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I've updated "Ancestress" over at [livejournal.com profile] troubledtribble:

"Ancestress"--Chapter Fifty-nine: Watched Over

And I updated "Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time" yesterday:

Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude at Many Paths to Tread
Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude at Stories of Arda
Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude at FF.net

The grim news of the Shire's plight spreads; aid is on the way, will it be in time? (I have upped the rating a notch, for angst.)
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My story of Bilbo's life, "Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time" has been updated.

Only a young tween, Bilbo finds himself having to cope with the Fell Winter...

Chapter 12: "The World Was Grey" at Many Paths to Tread
Chapter 12: "The World Was Grey" at Stories of Arda
Chapter 12: "The World Was Grey" at FF.net
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My story of Bilbo's life, "Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time" has been updated.

Only a young tween, Bilbo finds himself having to cope with the Fell Winter...

Chapter 12: "The World Was Grey" at Many Paths to Tread
Chapter 12: "The World Was Grey" at Stories of Arda
Chapter 12: "The World Was Grey" at FF.net

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