Lad at the Bell & the Broom, The: 1. The Innkeeper's Son.

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1. The Innkeeper's Son.

I once knew a lad, clever chap was he
But a rascal, and a horrible one, at that.
His father was the caretaker of a small inn at Bree
And his mother was remarkably fat.

The inn was called the Bell & the Broom
(If my memory serves me right),
And, while traveling through Bree, I needed a room
In which to spend the night.

Well, the Bell & the Broom had room to spare!
In fact, I was their only guest.
So I settled myself down in their big easy chair
And unbuttoned my warm winter vest.

The innkeeper’s wife was a marvelous cook
But for her unusual tea, I did not care.
But I did not want to tell her, so without another look,
I drained that cup faster than a hare!

There was suddenly a snort from behind the chair
And so, I turned around to see
The innkeeper’s son, with his dirty blonde hair
Staring and laughing at me!

“I’m so terribly sorry, sir. Stop it, son!”
The innkeeper apologized.
“Run off and play. Go on! Run!”
But it was then that I realized…

“What did you do to my tea?” I cried
As I rushed towards the kitchen sink.
The innkeeper’s son dramatically sighed
As he pulled out…a bottle of ink!

There was silence- no one knew what to say!
“I’m sorry,” said the said after awhile.
But I had already grabbed my bag and was on my way
To the inn down the road about a mile.

So all you lads and lasses, listen up,
(and I don’t mean to make you afraid)
But don’t be a fool and put ink in MY cup,
Or your father may not get paid!


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Nienna

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/01/03

Original Post: 06/01/03

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