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All hail Great Hobbit-father!
To the Professor!
When spring unfolds the beechen-leaf and sap is in the bough,
When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow,
When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain air,
Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is fair!
When Spring is come to garth and field, and corn is in the blade,
When blossom like a shining snow is on the orchard laid,
When sun and shower upon the earth with fragrance fill the air,
I’ll linger here, and will not come, because my land is fair!
When Summer lies upon the world, and in a noon of gold
Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold,
When woodland halls are green and cool, and wind is in the West,
Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is best!
When Summer warms the hanging fruit and burns the berry brown;
When straw is gold, and ear is white, and harvest comes to town;
When honey spills, and apple swells, though wind be in the West,
I’ll linger here beneath the Sun, because my land is best!
When Winter comes, the winter wild that hill and wood shall slay;
When trees shall fall and starless night devour the sunless day;
When wind is in the deadly East, then in the bitter rain
I’ll look for thee, and call to thee; I’ll come to thee again!
When Winter comes, and singing ends; when darkness falls at last;
When broken is the barren bough, and light and labour past;
I’ll look for thee, and wait for thee, until we meet again:
Together we will take the road beneath the bitter rain!
Together we will take the road that leads into the West,
And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest.
(Sung to Merry and Pippin by Treebeard in The Two Towers, written by JRR Tolkien)
LOTR » Hobbits » The Gardner Family
The Gardner Family is the name taken by the descendants of Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton in honor of Sam’s replanting of the Shire after the War of the Ring.
Rosie (Cotton) Gamgee
Rosie was a hobbit from Hobbiton, she had four brothers: Tom, Jolly, Nick, and Nibs. Her father, Tolman “Tom” Cotton, was a farmer, and her mother was Lily Brown. Rosie was a childhood friend of Samwise Gamgee and they married the first of May in 1420 (Shire Reckoning, or 3020 Third Age), the first spring after the War. They lived in Bag End with Frodo for awhile until Frodo sold it to them before leaving Middle-earth. Their first child, Elanor, was born the 25th of March 1421. Sam is later made Mayor of the Shire. King Elessar visits them in Hobbiton and Sam and Rosie ride to Gondor and stay there for a year. Sam and Rosie keep up good relations with their friends Merry and Pippin and visited them frequently. In fact Faramir Took, son of Pippin, married Goldilocks, Rosie’s daughter. All together, Rosie and Sam had 13 children, 7 daughters and 6 sons. Their names were Elanor, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, and Tolman. Rosie died on Mid-Year’s Day (June 22), 1482. On Sept. 22, Samwise went to the Grey Havens and passed over the Sea.
Elanor (Gardner) Fairbairn
Oldest child of Rosie and Sam Gamgee, she was also known as Elanor the Fair. She was born on March 25 1421 SR. This is also the day the Fourth Age began in Gondor. She was named after the flower elanor, “sun star”, found in Lothlórien that was golden in color. This name was actually a suggestion by Frodo. She was called ‘the Fair’ because of her beauty and many said she looked more like a an elf-maid than a hobbit. She had golden hair, which is rare for hobbits but two other daughter’s of Sam had golden hair as well.
In 1436, at age 25, Elanor was named a maid of honor to Queen Arwen when Aragorn and Arwen visited the Shire. Elanor also stayed in Gondor with her parents for a year (1442), and in 1451, age 30, she married Fastred Fairbairn of Greenholm on the Far Downs. In 1454, Elanor’s son named Elfstan Fairbairn was born. She also has a daughter named Fíriel. Later, Fastred is named Warden of Westmarch by Sam and given the land there by King Elessar. Elanor and Fastred move to Undertowers on the Tower Hills, where their descendents, the “Fairbairns of the Towers”, live for many generations. Before Sam leaves for the Grey Havens in 1482, he gives Elanor the Red Book, which is kept in her family’s possession and passed down through the generations.
Goldilocks (Gardner) Took
The third daughter of Samwise and Rosie, named after her golden hair. She married Faramir Took (the son of Pippin) in 1463 SR and he later became the Thain of the Shire after Pippin retired to Gondor in 1484.
LOTR » Elves » Sindar/Edain/Noldor
Arwen “Noble Maiden”
Also called Evenstar, or Undómiel, “Daughter of Twilight”, she was the daughter of Elrond and Celebrían of Rivendell and the granddaughter of Galadriel. She had two older brothers, the twins Elrohir and Elladan. Born in 241 in the Third Age, Arwen was 2,777 years old during the War of the Ring. Arwen and Aragorn first met in the woods of Rivendell, where he thought she was Lúthien and called out Tinúviel!. Even though Aragorn was raised by Elrond in Rivendell, they had never met because Arwen spent some time in Lothlórien visiting her mother’s kin. Aragorn loved Arwen, but Elrond told him that he is grieved by the doom that awaits her. Elrond feared that Arwen would choose to stay in Middle-earth and become mortal instead of going with him to the Undying Lands. Aragorn left Rivendell and took to the life of a Ranger, wandering the lands for 30 years.
Years later, Aragorn was allowed to enter Lothlórien, but did not know that Arwen was there as well. They were reunited after their long parting at Caras Galadhon, under the trees and flowers of gold. It was here where they became betrothed, on the evening of Midsummer, on the mound of Cerin Amroth. Aragorn gave her the heirloom of his House, the Ring of Barahir, and Arwen renounced her Elvish lineage and accepted the mortal life. Arwen said, “Dark is the Shadow, and yet my heart rejoices; for you, Estel, shall be among the great whose valour will destroy it.” She called him by his Elvish name that Elrond had given him, Estel, meaning “Hope”.
Elrond was grieved when he learned of Arwen’s decision. He tells Aragorn that he doesn’t want her life to diminish for any less cause and says that Aragorn must become King and reunite Arnor and Gondor in order for them to marry. During the War of the Ring, Arwen met with Aragorn when he went to Rivendell for the Council. After the war, Arwen and Aragorn were married on Midsummer in 3019 Third Age in Minus Tirith. Arwen was parted from her father, but when Elrond grew weary, he left Middle-earth for the Undying Lands and the parting of Arwen and Elrond was very sorrowful, for she loved her father dearly.
As Queen of Elves and Men, Arwen lived with Aragorn for 120 years in great glory. At last she felt the approach of old age. Aragorn went to the House of the Kings in the Silent Street. He told her she still could go back to live with her kin, but Arwen told him the choice was over and that the last ship had already sailed. Aragorn said farewell to his Queen and fell into sleep. Arwen cried, Estel!, but he was already gone.
Arwen said goodbye to her son, Eldarion, and her many daughters, and traveled to Lórien. She dwelt there alone, because Galadriel and Celeborn were gone and the land was silent. At last, before spring had come, Arwen Evenstar laid rest upon Cerin Amroth, the same place where she had been betrothed to Aragorn many years ago, and died.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”
“Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!”
“Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.”
“Truly songs and tales fall utterly short of the reality, O Smaug the Chiefest and greatest of Calamities.”
“If the elf-king had a weakness it was for treasure, especially for silver and white gems; and though his hoard was rich, he was ever eager for more, since he had not yet as great a treasure as other elf-lords of old.”
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” – Thorin Oakenshield