7. Queer Lodgings
"Don't annoy Beorn!" commanded Gandalf while approaching Beorn's bee-pastures, for the skin-changer was appalling when angered -- and could become quite a bear.
"Don't arrive together!" instructed Gandalf, who wished to draw out the company's misadventure-tale to impress the fierce goblin-bane and enlist his support.
"Don't stray outside!" threatened Beorn, leaving his almost-respected guests to generous hospitality from animal servants -- and bear-haunted nightmares.
"Don't drink black-enchanted waters!" warned Beorn, as they set out, provisioned with food, a travel route, and (for awhile) his ponies.
"Don't despair!" called Gandalf, abandoning the grumbling Dwarves at the unwholesome-looking Forest-gate.
"And DON'T LEAVE THE PATH!"
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.