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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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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!


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

Dec. 25th, 2010 12:27 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213 has posted a lovely seasonal story over at Many Paths to Tread, and it's HOBBITS! Specifically, Merry and Pippin, who meet a certain Elf in Rivendell just before the Quest. The three of them talk of their various holiday traditions: It's Inner Light.

Fic rec!

Dec. 25th, 2010 12:27 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213 has posted a lovely seasonal story over at Many Paths to Tread, and it's HOBBITS! Specifically, Merry and Pippin, who meet a certain Elf in Rivendell just before the Quest. The three of them talk of their various holiday traditions: It's Inner Light.
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I've posted a little something for the season over at [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_holidays --

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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I've posted a little something for the season over at [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_holidays --

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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Actually a very long and lovely fic for me!

"Anonymous" (at least until Thursday) has written me a beautiful pre-Quest fic, in TWO PARTS because it would not all fit on one post!

To Absent Friends, part 1

To Absent Friends, part 2

It's a lovely story about Frodo's first time to return to Buckland for Yule after becoming Master of Bag End. We get to see him making arrangements for the Hobbits of the Hill, before he leaves, and a delightful time is had by all-- both at Brandy Hall and at Bag End!

If you are looking for a long and delightful way to pass the time with hobbits-- this most certainly is one!
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Actually a very long and lovely fic for me!

"Anonymous" (at least until Thursday) has written me a beautiful pre-Quest fic, in TWO PARTS because it would not all fit on one post!

To Absent Friends, part 1

To Absent Friends, part 2

It's a lovely story about Frodo's first time to return to Buckland for Yule after becoming Master of Bag End. We get to see him making arrangements for the Hobbits of the Hill, before he leaves, and a delightful time is had by all-- both at Brandy Hall and at Bag End!

If you are looking for a long and delightful way to pass the time with hobbits-- this most certainly is one!
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Whew! Finally a chance to sit down and recap my holiday!

First of all: the lovely [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story I received! It's in the C.S. Lewis fandom, set in the last book of his Space trilogy, That Hideous Strength. It gives the backstory for Dr. Grace Ironwood, one of the inhabitants of the Fisher-King's household. The story is Still In My Pilgrimage, and while filling in Grace's tale, it also gives us a bit about some of the other people there, such as the Dimbles and Ivy Brown. It's a very introspective character study. If you have ever read THS it will resonate for you, but even if you are not familiar with the canon, there is a lot to admire in this lovely piece.

And my Christmas! The DH and I got a gift for the both of us-- a new scanner, printer, copier. It's one of the new Kodak ones, that uses less expensive ink.

He also gave me a very awesome gadget, if I can only get it to work-- there were no directions for it! But it is a Monteverde Invincia 4 GB USB Flash Drive Ballpoint Pen. I'm supposed to be able to write with it, and then upload what I write onto my computer…the jury is out as to whether I will be able to get it to work.

In addition, I got some other great things: the complete audio book set of LotR! 52 discs! and the boxed set of The History of The Hobbit and a copy of Letters From Father Christmas by JRRT. The latter is utterly charming! I think it is going to be a good deal of fun from what I can tell so far!

My son gave me Susan Boyle's new CD, I Dreamed a Dream. My word, she can *sing*!

Our day was very busy. We had our traditional brunch of steak and waffles, and then, contrary to our usual tradition, we cleaned house! The day before, our pastor came into the store to pick up a few groceries, and we talked. I found out that his wife had to go into the hospital again and his kids were with their grandparents, and he was alone on Christmas! So I impulsively invited him to join us for Christmas dinner! He came and we had a very nice dinner (ham and other traditional fixings) and a good visit with him. (If you should happen to think of it, send up a little prayer for his family. His wife has chronic health problems, and they just seem to get worse and worse, and they have two young kids.)

I haven't had a chance to peruse the other Yuletide fics yet, but I know my recipient liked the one I wrote, at least.

Well, now I'm going to try and see if I can get into AO3 and check out some of the other Yuletide stories!

I hope everyone on my flist had a lovely holiday! ((((((((((((((hugs to you all)))))))))))))))))
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Whew! Finally a chance to sit down and recap my holiday!

First of all: the lovely [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story I received! It's in the C.S. Lewis fandom, set in the last book of his Space trilogy, That Hideous Strength. It gives the backstory for Dr. Grace Ironwood, one of the inhabitants of the Fisher-King's household. The story is Still In My Pilgrimage, and while filling in Grace's tale, it also gives us a bit about some of the other people there, such as the Dimbles and Ivy Brown. It's a very introspective character study. If you have ever read THS it will resonate for you, but even if you are not familiar with the canon, there is a lot to admire in this lovely piece.

And my Christmas! The DH and I got a gift for the both of us-- a new scanner, printer, copier. It's one of the new Kodak ones, that uses less expensive ink.

He also gave me a very awesome gadget, if I can only get it to work-- there were no directions for it! But it is a Monteverde Invincia 4 GB USB Flash Drive Ballpoint Pen. I'm supposed to be able to write with it, and then upload what I write onto my computer…the jury is out as to whether I will be able to get it to work.

In addition, I got some other great things: the complete audio book set of LotR! 52 discs! and the boxed set of The History of The Hobbit and a copy of Letters From Father Christmas by JRRT. The latter is utterly charming! I think it is going to be a good deal of fun from what I can tell so far!

My son gave me Susan Boyle's new CD, I Dreamed a Dream. My word, she can *sing*!

Our day was very busy. We had our traditional brunch of steak and waffles, and then, contrary to our usual tradition, we cleaned house! The day before, our pastor came into the store to pick up a few groceries, and we talked. I found out that his wife had to go into the hospital again and his kids were with their grandparents, and he was alone on Christmas! So I impulsively invited him to join us for Christmas dinner! He came and we had a very nice dinner (ham and other traditional fixings) and a good visit with him. (If you should happen to think of it, send up a little prayer for his family. His wife has chronic health problems, and they just seem to get worse and worse, and they have two young kids.)

I haven't had a chance to peruse the other Yuletide fics yet, but I know my recipient liked the one I wrote, at least.

Well, now I'm going to try and see if I can get into AO3 and check out some of the other Yuletide stories!

I hope everyone on my flist had a lovely holiday! ((((((((((((((hugs to you all)))))))))))))))))
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Well, I am signed up now for three story exchanges!

First of all, the LOTR GenFic Community's annual Yule Fic Exchange. Can't say too much more about that, since I'm a mod, but the story will be fun to write.

Second, is [livejournal.com profile] lotr_sesa, which is the first time I've signed up for that one! I really like the request I got for that one!

And third is [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! This is my third Yuletide, and I just got my assignment. The good thing is that I am a match on two fandoms, either one of which will be fun to write. The bad thing is that my recipient did not put in any details in the request, and I can't find a Yuletide Santa letter from the person, either. So I guess I'm completely on my own with the story. I hope they like it.

Thank goodness my story for the November [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community "Dialogue" challenge is nearly finished!

Christmas is coooming, the goose is getting fat...
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Well, I am signed up now for three story exchanges!

First of all, the LOTR GenFic Community's annual Yule Fic Exchange. Can't say too much more about that, since I'm a mod, but the story will be fun to write.

Second, is [livejournal.com profile] lotr_sesa, which is the first time I've signed up for that one! I really like the request I got for that one!

And third is [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! This is my third Yuletide, and I just got my assignment. The good thing is that I am a match on two fandoms, either one of which will be fun to write. The bad thing is that my recipient did not put in any details in the request, and I can't find a Yuletide Santa letter from the person, either. So I guess I'm completely on my own with the story. I hope they like it.

Thank goodness my story for the November [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community "Dialogue" challenge is nearly finished!

Christmas is coooming, the goose is getting fat...
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The [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community has just completed its Second Annual GFIC Yule Fic Exchange! We had eleven participants and thirteen stories!

2008 GFIC Yule Fic Exchange


I hope everyone will check out the stories--and maybe see if you can guess which one I wrote!
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The [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community has just completed its Second Annual GFIC Yule Fic Exchange! We had eleven participants and thirteen stories!

2008 GFIC Yule Fic Exchange


I hope everyone will check out the stories--and maybe see if you can guess which one I wrote!
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Now that I have finished my obligatory exchange stories (one for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and one for the LOTR Community GFIC exchange, I am hoping to maybe come up with a little something new for the season.

I have a couple of bunnies, and I will be feeding them to see if they grow.

In the meantime, here are links to my previous Yule stories--

Shire Yule at Stories of Arda

Or

Shire Yule at The Last Ship

If you haven't seen some of them before, I hope you enjoy!
dreamflower: (christmas wreath)
Now that I have finished my obligatory exchange stories (one for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and one for the LOTR Community GFIC exchange, I am hoping to maybe come up with a little something new for the season.

I have a couple of bunnies, and I will be feeding them to see if they grow.

In the meantime, here are links to my previous Yule stories--

Shire Yule at Stories of Arda

Or

Shire Yule at The Last Ship

If you haven't seen some of them before, I hope you enjoy!

Whee!

Dec. 15th, 2008 11:41 am
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I'm off today! And so I managed to finish my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic and get it off to my beta! Now I just have to finish my Yule exchange fic for the GFic community!

It's very cold here today!

Whee!

Dec. 15th, 2008 11:41 am
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I'm off today! And so I managed to finish my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic and get it off to my beta! Now I just have to finish my Yule exchange fic for the GFic community!

It's very cold here today!
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I've posted parts 3 & 4:

Part III: Through the Rude Wind's Wild Lament
http://community.livejournal.com/hobbit_holidays/46467.html#cutid1

Part IV: Yonder Peasant, Who is He?
http://community.livejournal.com/hobbit_holidays/47027.html

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