Ariwen's Visit to the Shire - Part 4

When the Farmer reached Bag End, he knocked loudly on the door and almost at once Rosie answered it. When she saw the position the Elanor and Ariwen were in, she quickly invited the Farmer inside so their ears would be free.

As she quickly got out the tea pot, Rosie asked,"So, what happened here? I was quite startled by your sudden appearance, begging your pardon."

"These two young lassies were on me land after some Mushrooms", growled the farmer.

"Elanor! Ariwen! Is this true?"

Elanor slowly nodded. At that moment, Arwen came from the her room."What happened?", she asked curiosly.

Ariwen gulped. When provoked, her Mother could be worse than an Army of Uruk-hai. This would certainly provoke her.

Rosie looked at Ariwen,"Would you care to answer that?", she asked.

Ariwen slowly nodded." Elanor and I sort of...well...we sort of...we tried to steal some of Farmer Maggots Mushrooms!", she ended quickly, as to get it over with.

It took Arwen a moment to register the fact. Then she started,"Ariwen Telcontar! YOU WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER HEARS OF THIS! YOU'VE SOILED THE OF THE FAMLIY NAME AND THAT OF MINAS TIRITH!" she went on like that for what seemed hours, when Aragorn entered.

At once from the adult's flushed faces and the girls' hanging heads, he could tell something was wrong."Has something gone amiss?"

"AMISS?" Arwen shouted,"WHAT ELSE COULD HAVE HAPPENED? OUR DAUGHTER WAS WITH ELANOR AND SO SUDDENLY, THE TWO DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD GO AND STEAL A FEW MUSHROOMS FROM THIS FARMER!" she was screaming so loudly, Aragorn was sure that they would have had no trouble at all hearing her if they were in Rohan.

At that moment Sam walked in. He could tell by the look on Farmer Maggot's face, and by that the fact that he was there at all, that someone in the house had to had been in his crop. Then his eyes fell on Elanor and Arwen. There was the answer. He stepped up next to Aragorn, and seeing his wife suddenly open her mouth as if to explain, he cut her short. "I know what happened, Rosie. No need to explain anything."

Sam and Aragorn glanced at each other. it didn't need to be spoken. The two Fathers strode up to the children and each took their own by the ear.

Ariwen grumbled. This was the second time in one day that someone had had her by the ear. She was getting rather tired of it.

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When they were back at the camp site, aragorn started the yelling."YOU HAVE DISHONORED YOURSELF, THE FAMILY NAME, MINAS TIRITH, AND GONDOR. IF YOU HAD BEEN A PEASANT GIRL, THAT WOULD BE DIFFERENT. BUT YOU ARE'NT! YOU'RE PRINCESS OF GONDOR AND ARNOR! WHAT HAVE YOU TO SAY TO THAT?"

"I have nothing to say, father" Ariwen answered quietly.

"Then prehaps you shall show a little more regard when in a foriegn country!", the King raged on. finally he stopped and sighed."You acted as a peasant girl, therefore you shall be one. When we return to Minas Tirith, I shall pick a family of serfs in which you shall live with for two weeks and no less."

"Yes, Father", she replied with a small curtsy.

The King then gave her leave to return to Bag End. Ariwen soon found out that Elanor's punishment was not much more satisfactory than hers.

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