A Deck of Heroes: 20. 20 - When Archetypes Love: Emperor and Hanged Man

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20. 20 - When Archetypes Love: Emperor and Hanged Man

When Archetypes Love:  Emperor and Hanged Man

            "Dad, will you keep an eye on my Rosie and little Elanor for a time?  I should be back in a fortnight."

            "Yer Master--him's leavin' the Shire, ain't he?"

            "Yes, Dad.  Mr. Frodo's leavin'--and for good.  He'll be stayin' with old Mr. Bilbo and the Elves."

            The Gaffer watched after his son as Sam turned to labor his way back up the lane to the door of Bag End, almost as if he were an old Hobbit himself.  My poor bairn, he thought.  My poor, dear, addled lad.  This is what comes o' tyin' yer heart to yer betters--pain when them must go off on their own.  Well, mayhaps him and the lasses will come back down t'the Row--fill up the ol' hole and brighten it right up.

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            Rosie came down to bring him some supper.  Had to allow as she was a right fine cook.  Sam had chosen well where to find a love amongst the maidens of the Shire.  "Well, m'lass, Sam tells me as Mr. Frodo's gone off t'be with old Mr. Bilbo.  And which of his kin gets the hole?"

            Her eyes were bright with unshed tears of mixed loss and pride.  "Him's left it t'us--to me and my Sam.  Master Frodo--he's adopted Sam--adopted him as his brother.  Said as there was too much love atween them to give Bag End t'any other."

            Flabbergasted, Hamfast Gamgee stared at her in disbelief.


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: Larner

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/13/11

Original Post: 12/06/09

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