Bedtime: 3. Pretending

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3. Pretending

Note: Gwynnyd wrote this as a sequel to "Bedtime." Thanks, Gwynnyd!

Aragorn heard voices from the Queen's garden and paused at the window to observe.

Eldarion and Legolas were playing "going to Mordor." "Frodo" wore a real cloak from Lorien with a rather prominent ring, woven from straw, on a string around his neck. "Gollum" was suitably nasty, half naked and smeared with mud. Aragorn scanned the garden. Near the fountain in the center , he saw an overturned flowerpot next to a discarded tunic and a pair of boots.

"Gollum" was receiving last-minute pointers on his behavior. "Crouch a little lower. Gollum used his hands as much as his feet. Now show me how you can sound like him."

"Gollum" cavorted energetically around "Frodo", growling out suitable choking sounds and 'my prescioussesses' until he came to a dramatic stop just under the window and proclaimed "Yellow face, it hurts us!" And caught Aragorn's eye.

Laughing, the king stepped over the low sill into the garden. "Papa!" The delighted childish voice rang out. "Come play with us. Legolas gets to be Gollum, but you can be Sam."


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: Gandalfs apprentice

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 4th Age

Genre: Humor

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/10/05

Original Post: 06/09/05

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Hope Unquenchable - 15 stories - Owner: Envinyatar
A collection of stories that, to me, illustrate the following quote from Appendix A: Aragorn's "face was sad and stern because of the doom that was laid on him, and yet hope dwelt ever in the depths of his heart, from which mirth would arise at times like a spring from the rock." In character stories that present the lighter side of Aragorn.
Included because: “Whatever you do, do not tell him about Gollum.” No further explanation needed.

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