Middle-earth Holiday Carols: 2. Gaffer Cotman

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2. Gaffer Cotman

Author's note:
A Hobbit carol, sung to the tune of "Good King Wenceslas."

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Gaffer Cotman ventured out
In the Yuletide season
Thought the snow lay deep about
Still he found it pleasing.
Brightly shone the sun above
As he piled his snow wall
Safe from cold with knitted gloves
Making all his snowballs.

Daddy Longbanks wandered by
Going to the tavern
Gaffer Cotman then let fly
Safe within his cavern.
What a mighty fight began
Between these two old friends
"Try to hit me if you can,
And I will make you amends."

So spoke Daddy Longbanks loud,
As he dodged and bellowed.
Gaffer Cotman was not cowed -
Age had not him mellowed.
Thus it stood all afternoon
Till the sun was setting.
News had spread through village soon
And a crowd was betting.

Suddenly a cry arose,
Ceased the two from squabble
Goody Cotman's pointed nose
Led her to the rabble.
"Leave off, foolish husband mine,
Leave the scene of battle -
If you'd be a child of nine,
I'll find you a rattle."

Goody took him by the ear,
Sent him homeward running,
Though he said to her, "My dear,
'Twas just a Yuletide funning."
Therefore, gaffers, if you seek
Yuletide fun in your lives
Mind you act all mild and meek
Lest you anger your goodwives.

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: Celandine Brandybuck

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/25/03

Original Post: 11/26/02

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