60 Years would pass since the fall of Erabor and the dwarfs sent to the four winds, scattered and broken but they never forgot the fires or the sounds of hammers and axes echoing within Erabor's great halls. But time had made its call to a certain dwarf...to finally reclaim his homeland...to return his wife and son to the halls of his forefathers. It would start far from Erabor in a small setting called.... Hobbiton and within this town were beings called hobbits, simple folk who did not go on adventures, who stayed home and went on with their lives...drinking and eating just enjoying life. Upon a hill nestled beneath a tree, there lived a Hobbit within a hole in the ground. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, full of worms and oozy smells; this was a Hobbit hole, and that means good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home.
It was within this hobbit hole that a young hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins had learned the company of dwarves.... upon his better judgment he had been hospitable to them, allowing them to eat him almost out of food and run him out of his hole. Their wild merry nature charming, even when the final member of their company finally appeared. A tall wizard sat among them by the name of Gandalf as he spoke with them unrolling a map and as Bilbo grew closer he looked it over before reading the script "The...lonely mountain..." he stated before another dwarf Gloin nodded "aye...On has read the portents and the portens say it is time." The one named Oin would speak "Ravens have been seen flying back to the mountain as it was foretold: When the birds of yore return to Erabor, the reign of the beast will end." Bilbo blinked before sitting there "uh...what beast?" "Well that would be reference to Smaug the Terrible, chiefs and greatest calamity of our age. Airborne fire breather, teeth like razors, claws like meat hooks, extremely fond of precious metals--" "I know what a dragon is" Bilbo stated quickly, as the dwarves began to bicker, as Balin sighed shaking his head "the task would be difficult enough with an army behind us.... but we number just thirteen and not thirteen of the best, nor brightest" the dwarves kept bickering till a blonde haired dwarf stood up proudly "We may be few in number, but we'r...."
Just before he could finish a loud 'thud' hit the hole shaking the ground as the sound of growling could be heard and Bilbo jumped looking around "w...what is that?" he stated as a long tail swung by the windows and all eyes soon turned towards the blonde hair dwarf who was slowly backing out of the room.
Thorin, who stood after the loud crash on the roof of the hobbit hole, turned to his son and sighed heavily and leaned on the table. "You didn't get her consent, did you?"
"Her? Her who? What is on top of my house?" Bilbo asked as the roof creaked and a deep and heavy growling could be heard from outside. Suddenly there were thuds of quick and angry boots and the sound of angry mumbling and curses. "Ya better run lad!" Bofur said The sound of the boots could be heard caring till soon a very faint knocking not he door, Bilbo stood there a bit worried what was on the other side of the door. Though he moved up to it and soon opened it slowly as he was soon standing before a rather.... stunning female dwarf. She turned looking at Bilbo as she would bow her head, "Good Evening, I am sorry to interrupt your evening good sir.... but...I was just wondering if you have seen..." but before she said anything she saw the figure moving and she spoke "Fili Havathor Durin!" she stormed past Bilbo and soon her hand was wrapped tightly around the tip of the blonde hair dwarfs ear, "Its one thing to hear your father going on this crazy endeavor but I will NOT have my son do the same!"
"Hello love." Thorin said as he came out of the room dining room. "Fili. What do you have to say about this?@ Thorin asked. She looked over at Thorin, "don't 'hello love' me Thorin, You put this in his head he should be back home all of you should be back home....th...this is madness what your trying to do you cannot fight a dragon! You can't even get the best of Azul and hes a drake" she still held onto Fili's ear who was squirming, "Mom...mother please let go it hurts...im sorry please, this is really important." "what to run to your deaths?!"
"Drake?! There is a Drake on my house?!" He said and Azuls hung his head down enough to peak inside and bilbo shouted in a panic.
"The dragon Smaug has not been seen in sixty years! He could be dead for all that we know." He said. "And if we have read these signs, don't you think others will have read them too? I will not sit by while our birthright is taken out from under us."
"He wont do anything to you, hes rather gentle hes just mad that I woke him up from a nap to come find my husband and son" she stated and sighed watching as her husband got the dwarves riled up, though soon another voice joined in. Balin looked over bowing his head towards the female, "You forget: the frong gate is sealed. There is no way into the mountain." everyone would grow silent and FIli would finaly get his ear free rubbing it in pain, till Gandalf would speak "That...my dear Balin is not entirely true." he soon moved his hand as Gandalf produces a dwarvish key, as he would soon hold it out to Thorin. "It was given to me by your father.....By Thrain, for safekeeping. It is yours now."
The female moved closer to Thorin when she heard mention of his father, her hand sliding to his shoulder as Fili would smile happily and spak "if there is a key, there must be a door."
Thorin gave her hand a squeeze as he took the key. Gandalf waved him and the others back to the map. "These tunes speak of a hidden passage into the lower halls."
"There's another way in!" Kili said excitedly and looked to his cousin with a wide smile and bright eyes.
“Well, if we can find it, but dwarf doors are invisible when closed. The answer lies hidden somewhere in this map and I do not have the skill to find it. But there are others in Middleearth who can. The task I have in mind will require a great deal of stealth, and no small amount of courage. But, if we are careful and clever, I believe that it can be done.”
She would glance at her husband and would run her thumb over his knuckles some, as they spoke of what to expect. Though as Gandalf finished talking, Ori would cut in "That's why we need a burgler" Bilbo nodded "Hm, a goodo ne too an expect, id imagine." "and are you?" "Am I what?" Oin would laugh happily "he said hes an expert!!" AIlis would pinch the bridge of her nose, as she groaned looking at Thorin "you canot honestly be asking him to face Smaug..." she whispered.
The others arguging as soon Gandalf stood up "Enough if I say bilgo bagains is a burglar than a burglaer he is...Hobbits are remarkably light on their feet. In fact, they can pass unseen by most if they
choose. And while the dragon is accustomed to the smell of dwarf, the scent of hobbit is all but
unknown to him, which gives us a distinct advantage. You asked me to find the fourteenth member of
this company, and I have chosen Mr. Baggins. There’s a lot more to him than appearances suggest,
and he’s got a great deal more to offer than any of you know, including himself. You must trust me on
this." He looked to Ailis and in Khuzdul to her softly. "I know you do not agree to this venture. But this could be our only chance to take back the mountain. Give our people a chance at hope again. If you would join us in this, your knowledge of Drakes and dragons could help the halfling survive."
She eyed him some, as she would raise her hand pushing her hair from her face revealing the rather nasty scar she had sustained from a drake long ago. She shook her head, before she would sigh "Very well....but your not going to like who Gandalf is sending us to for the moon runes....so when you find out....mind your temper" she stated simply before looking back at the others. "if you all are admint on doing this....then you'll need proper knowledge, my husband and son are the only ones who really know how to handle a drake....none of you can handle a dragon" "but what can you do?" Bilbo asked trying to get the subject off him. Ailis would smile faintly at the Halfling, "My kin are very different from the dwarves you see among you Mr. Baggins....I come from the far north where my homeland is always attacked by drakes and sometimes a dragon....I faced a dragon once and it nearly cost my life.....so I will do what I can to help you sneak past smaug"
"No no no no" Bilbo stated as he was soon given a contract, as Bilbo looked at them and Balin spoke "its just the usual summary of out of pocket expenses, time required, reumeration, funeral arraignments, so forth." “F....funeral arrangements?!" He sputtered as he began thumbing through and mumbling about the terms and conditions of the contract handed to him, quite impressed as well with Balins dictation. Thorin turned to Gandalf and leaned in close, "I cannot Gary tee his safety."
"Nor will I be responsible for his fate."
Agreed," Ailis would soon turn her attention back to her son as she would then look to her 'second' son. "Kili your mother wanted me to give you this" she stated moving towards him with a warm smile as she soon held out a black stone. "its your naming stone, she wants you to return it to her"
Bilbo would continue reading, before speaking outloud "Terms: Cash on delivery, up to but not exceeding one fourteenth of total profit, if any. Seems fair. Eh, Present company shall not be liable for injuries inflicted by or sustained as a consequence thereof including but not limited to lacerations ... evisceration ... incineration?” Bofur a dark haired dwarf who spoke “Oh, aye, he’ll melt the flesh off your bones in the blink of an eye.” Bilbo looks a little breathless.“Huh.” Balin looked over at Bilbo moving to him “You all right, laddie?” Bilbo bends over, nauseous and pained.“Uh, yeah...Feel a bit faint.” “Think furnace with wings.”“Air, III need air.” Bofur in his charming way continued “Flash of light, searing pain, then Poof! you’re nothing more than a pile of ash.” Bilbo breathes heavily, trying to compose himself as the others stare at him. “Hmmm. Nope.” Bilbo would soon fall over as Gandalf shook his head“Ah, very helpful, Bofur.” "Come Kili, give me a hand. Let's get him into one of those chairs by the fire." Fili said kissed his mother in the cheek, "thank you mother.....promise I'll do you proud" he said sweetly and went passed her. Kili looked at the stone and ran a thumb over it. "She always did worry too much." He said and smiled softly with a hint of sadness. "Kili!" Fili called and he smiled at his aunt and passed her to helping with bilbo while one of the other dwarves, a silver haired that kept his hair in a braided top knot by the name of Dori, went off into the kitchen to make a calming tea for their burglar
The dwarves would help Bilbo out as the young hobbit was sitting in his chair, and Gandalf was talking to him. Things where getting heated between them as Ailis had gone out to check on Azul making sure he was ok and giving him some fish she found in the pantry, but as she came back in she would hear Bilbo speak "That's what I thought, Sorry Gandalf....I cant sign this...you've got the wrong hobbit." he turned down the hall passing Ailis giving her a nod as he went to his bedroom. Ailis stepped in the next room, gently taking her husbands hand as Balin spoke "it appears we have lost our burglar...Probably for the best. THe odds were alwas against us. After all, what are we? Merchants, miners, tinkers, toy-makers, parents...Hardly the stuff of legend."
“There are still a few warriors amongst us." Thorin said with a soft and fond smirk at his older friend.
"Old warriors." He retorted.
“I will take each and every one of these dwarves over an army from the Iron Hills. For when I called upon them, they came. Loyalty. Honor. A willing heart. I can ask no more than that.” He said and looked to Ailis fondly Ailis would smile some but still was worried as Balin could see that look on her face, "You don't have to do this. You have a choice. You've done honorably by our people....by your wife and son. You have built a new life for us in the Blue Mountains, a life of peace and plenty. A life that is worth more than all the gold in Erabor." ”From my grandfather to my father, this has come to me. They dreamt of the day when the dwarves of Erebor would reclaim their homeland. There is no choice, Balin. Not for me.” He said holding out the key. He truly felt there was no other choice but to go to the mountain. Dragon or no.
Balin sighed, but smiled as he put a hand to Then we are with you, laddie. We will see it done.” AIlis watched the two and would shake her head some, but since Erabor was lost....she knew Thorin had longed to return and soon she leaned her head against his shoulder before she started to hum softly. The others turning to look jst as her lips parted "Far over, the misty mountain cold. To dungeons deep and caverns old.....We must away ere break of day. To find our long-forgotten gold..." she lifted her head as she looked at Thorin smiling at him.
The others joined in, her song becoming a song of home and memory. A people's desire to return to the mountain. "The pines were roaring on the height The winds were moaning in the night The fire was red, it flaming spread
The trees like torches blazed with light” Thorin leaned in closer and kissed the top of her head. "Come, let us all go to sleep. We have a long journey ahead of us." He said. The music carried throughout the home, as the voices sang together in harmony it was clear that when Erabor fell….her song served as a reminder, of hope and desires. She would soon smile up at Thorin as he kissed her forehead and she nodded then looked over at Fili and the others. “rest well everyone” she stated as Bilbo had pointed out a side room that Ailis and Thorin could sleep in just to provide some hospitality.
When morning came, it was almost to peaceful as Bilbo woke up and soon began to look around his home. Everything put back together, even a bag of coin to replace the amount of food they had all consumed as well as the ‘contract’ that Balin had put together. As he stood there thinking, it was almost without much time after that the young hobbit soon came rushing form his home. A bag on his back, the contract in his hands as he raced through yelling out ‘I’m going on an adventure’ the other hobbits, looked on in confusion and almost anger that such a hobbit would do such a thing. The company of dwarves and wizard moved along as Ailis sat on Azul’s back as the drake walked next to Thorins pony, the drake was the size of Gandalf horse his black scales rippled with each movement and soon the drake’s head would turn and the yells of the hobbit could be heard. “wait!! wait for me!” When Bilbo reached them and handed over the contract, Balin examined it to make sure had been filled out properly. "Everything seems to be in order. Welcome, Msater Baggins, to the Company of Thorin Oakensheild."
A resounding sound of welcome and gratitude went down the line of the company as Thorin turned unimpressed, calling over his shoulder, "give him a pony." “no no…ill” before he could say anything he was grabbed and dropped onto a Pony as Ailis chuckled, “you know he could have just rode with me” she stated simply as she was the only one that had a cloak on and a hood pulled over her head. Stepped to Azul’s ‘saddle’ was what looked like very little amount of provisions she could do with out a lot of things…dwarves well…liked to have everything they could.
Though as they rode, the sound of coin being tossed around and Bilbo would blink watching. “um...what is that?" “Come in Nori! Pay up!" One of the others called as the bags were passed.
"Oh they took wagers on whether or not you would turn up. Most of them her that you wouldn't." Ailis would soon hold out her hand as a bag came to her as she smirked, it came from her own husband “thank you darling” she stated rather happy and chuckled some, as her son snickered a bit that his father lost a bet. Though as that happened Gandalf soon held out his hand as a pouch came to him, “lucky for me and our lovely AIlis here….we won”
Gandalf chuckled as he put away his winnings, "my dear fellow, we never doubted you for a second." The wizard said as they continued on their path As they road along Bilbo would soon sneeze, “ugh…all this horse hair…” he would pat down his pockets, before speaking “no..no..wait wait stop! Stop! we have to turn back.” Gandalflooked at him “what on earth is the matter?” “I forgot my handkerchief” Bilbo stated quickly till Bofur would soon rip a piece of his cloth from his cloths and toss it back, “here! use this” as bilbo caught it the others would laugh as he looked at it in disgust. “You’ll have to manage without pocket handkerchiefs and a good many other things, Bilbo Baggins, before we reach our journey’s end. You were born to the rolling hills and little rivers of the Shire, but home is now behind you; the world is ahead.”
The rest of the trip went with random chatter and talking, Bilbo found himself reading next Ailis, "my lady? May I ask how you came to tame such a beast?" Ailis was removing Azul's harness allowing him to flex and probably go and hunt on his own as she then looked over to him, "I hatched him...his egg was an heirloom that lay dormant for many years.....in a forge I set his egg thinking I could use the shell for metal....then to my surprise he began to hatch....in khazdul..Azul means forge" she said as she scratched Azul's neck as she finished "alright be back by morning" she said as the drake nodded and would walk off before soon taking flight. "hes been with me ever since...." she said warmly.
Though as they sat there enjoing the night, in the distance a scream could be heard...then another as Bilbo would sit up "what..what was that?" Kili looked to his cousin and smirked, before speaking "orcs...." Fili chimed in "throat-cutters" the two seeming to feed off one another as Kili spoke again "They strike in the wee small hours, when everyone's asleep. Quick and quiet; no screams, just lots of blood." AIlis stood there listening her body trembling as her hands gripped her arms...flashes of the night she lost her dear friend...and when Thorin almost lost his wife...
When bilbo shuddered and friends in fright at the sound again, the boys began to chuckle and snort. Thorin stomped into view and glared at them till they stopped. "You think that's funny? You think a night raid by orcs is a joke?" He snapped and turned to Ailis. "We didn't mean anything by it."
"No...you didn't. You know nothing of the world." He snapped at them and cast his son and nephew and very angry glance and went up to Ailis and wrapped an arm around her shoulders.
"Don't mind him lads. Thorin has more reason, than anyone, to hate orcs." Balin said and walked up to the boys and the hobbit. "It began long before we lost the mountain, mind you. When your mother was very ill." He said and looked to Fili. "She ever mention a lass by the name of Seldanna?" He asked softly. Ailis would jump slightly feeling Thorin's arm around her shoulders, as she slightly turned to lean against him taking a deep breath to calm down. Fili would look at his mother, never really seeing her like this till he looked back at Balin and shook his head, "no....at least not that I could recall." he stated as Balin would work on his pipe before speaking. "They were raided by orcs...back long when elves and dwarves called eachother friend. Seldanna.....was the Queen of the Mirkwood and a childhood friend to Ailis.....she was killed by orcs that day while Ailis....was badly injured."
he glanced over to the two "Thorin .has more cause than most to hate orcs. After the dragon took
the Lonely Mountain, King Thror tried to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of Moria. But our enemy
had got there first.....“Moria had been taken by legions of Orcs lead by the most vile of all their race: Azog, the Defiler. The giant Gundabad Orc had sworn to wipe out the line of Durin. He began by beheading the King." he took a deep breath and sighed before speaking further, "Thrain, Thorin's father...was driven mad by grief. He went missing, taken prisoner or killed we did no tknow. We were leaderless. Defa and death were upon us."....he would look at Thorin now with hope in his eyes as Ailis smiled warmly up at her son, the two having talked softly to one another. "That is when I saw him; a young dwarf prince facing down the Pale Orc. He stood alone against this terrible foe, his armor rent....wielding nothing but an oaken branch as a shileld. Azog the defiler learned that day....that the line of Durin would not be so easily broken."
"OUr forces ralled and drove the orcs back. Our enemy had been defeated. But there was no feast, no song...that night....for our dead were beond the count of grief. We few had survived." Balin stated and soon Ailis would speak. "that day wasn't without a small bit of hope Balin." she looked to her son, "it was that say day that I faced my own battle.....bringing a young new prince into the world." "Seeing him that day, as both proud leader and father, I knew then that this was one I could follow. This was one I could call king." Balin said and looked to Thorin who had lturned back to group and all dwarves who had turned to listen to Balins tale now looked upon their leader proudly and with honor and hope. Thorin bowed his head to them and smiled softly at his wife.
"And the pale orc? What happened to him?"
"He slunk back into the hip from whence he came. That filth died of his wounds long ago."
Gandalf sat there slightly, as he glanced at Balin then away as he took a drag on his pipe. Off in the distance beyond the 'screams' other figures stared up upon the group of dwarves before turning and rushing off. A orc turning to look upon others "send word to the Master. We have found the dwarf-scum."
The next day as the company journied, the rain coming down harsh they all looked cold wet and miserable. Well all but two, Ailis and Azul the dragon didn't mind the cold and Ailis wore her cloak keeping the rain from seeping into her. Azul also had one wing extended, hanging over Bilbo the drake having taking a fondness to the Halfling and he wold stay dry some what. Though one of the dwarves soon called "Here. Mr Gandalf cant you do something about this deluge?" "It is raining, Master Dwarf, and it will continue to rain until the rain is done." Gandalf said. "If you wish to change the ways of the world, find your self another wizard."
"And are there any?" Bilbo asked curiously. "Other wizards?"
"There are five of us. The greatest and head of our order is Saruman, the white. Then there are the two blues....you know I have quite forgotten their names."
[2/28/17, 10:27:48 PM] Sapphire: BIlbo would lok at him water still dripping off him some even with the aide of the drake, ""whata bout the fith?" Gandalf thought "Well tha twould be Radagast, the brown." "Is he a great wizard or is he...more like you?" Gandalf turned looking slightly offended "I think he’s a very great wizard, in his own way. He’s a gentle soul who prefers the company of animals to others. He keeps a watchful eye over the vast forest lands to the East, and a good thing too, for always Evil will look to find a foothold in this world."
Soon, after the rain had stopped, they had found a place to camp. "We'll camp here for the night. Fili, Kili, you look after the ponies."
Gandalf was in what looked liked an old hovel. "A farmer and his family use to live here....." he said and turned to Thorin. "I think we should move on. We could make for the Hidden Valley."
"I have told you already, I will not go near that place." Ailis looked around the old place, as she would then look back at Thorin as he didn't want ot go to the valley. She sighed some then spoke, "Thorin I told you to hold that temper, he has nothing to do with what happened....or do you forget that he was the one who helped me?" "No I will not trust the elves again." He said firmly.
"Save me from the stubbornness of dwarves." Gandalf said in exasperation. "We have a map that we cannot read, lord Elrond could help us."
"Help? When a dragon attached Erebor, what help came from the elves? While orcs plunder Moria and Descartes our sacred halls, the held look on and do nothing. You ask me to seek the very people who betrayed my grandfather, betrayed my father." Ailis listened to them and sighed heavily before Gandalf would speak coldly "You are neither of them. I did not give you that map and key for you to hold on to the past!" "I did not know they were yours to keep." He said and locked an icy glare at the wizard.
Gandalf huffed and turned around and stormed away toward his horse. "Everything aright? Gandalf? Where are going?" Bilbo asked, suddenly very concerned while looking between the wizard and Thorin who now stood in the doorway of the old house.
"To seek the company of the only one around here whose got any sense." The wizard said bitterly. "And who is that?"
"Myself Mr. Baggins!" He snapped before mounting his horse and riding off. Bilbo looked to Balin, "is he coming back?"
"Come on Bombur, we're hungry." Thorin said while watching the wizard ride off. Ailis would sigh watching this as she would look over to Bilbo moving to him as she gently placed her hand on his shoulder, "Thorin...is hard headed at times Mr. Baggins, but hes a dwarf who also cares very deeply just let him cool off in a day or so i'll send Azul after Gandalf" she said before turning as she soon would speak "Fili! Kili go and gather firewood....and don't wonder to far!" "You know we aren't children anymore right?"
"Really? So what's your excuse for acting like it?" Dwalin said with a smirk. "No go on and do as your mother said."
Fili and kili went off as they were told.
Night soon fell and Gandalf had not yet returned. Bilbo began to pace in worry. "He's been gone a long time."
"Who?" Bodies asked while pouring stew into two bowls.
"Gandalf." Bilbo said, looking back the way Gandalf has ridden off in a huff.
"He's a wizard! He does as he chooses. Here do us a favor, take these to the lads." He said and handed the panicky hobbit the bowls intended for Fili and kili before he smacked Bomburs hand as he had reached for more stew. "Stop it! You've had plenty." Ailis stood there shifting some, listening for anything that could be coming their way. Azul was taking his sweet time returning as well but she knew the drake would be back once he had finished eating. Though she would turn her attention towards her husband as she would move to him speaking softly, "Thorin....maybe once Azul returns I'll head to the hidden valley....I can take the map with me and show it to Elrond and be back before long."
Bilbo would sigh but nodded taking the two bowls and began to make his way to where the two young dwarves were standing watch over the ponies. "lads I brought you...." he stopped looking at them "is something the matter?" "No." He said and turned to her. "I understand you have forgiveness and fondness for the elves because of Seldanna and maybe her son......but I cannot, will not, trust them with anything in this venture." He said in a firm manner, but not to sound angry.
"We were supposed to be watching the ponies." Kili said still looking off at the ponies. "Only we have encountered a small problem" Fili added.
"We had sixteen."
"Now there's fourteen." Ailis would eye him before speaking "I asked you to mind your temper with this Thorin, they can help us....no one among us can read moon runes" she said as she sighed rubbing her forehead some. "please thorin, its not like we are asking them to martch into battle with us."
Bilbo looked at the ponies and would count before he would then look back at the two dwarves before Kili spoke "Daisy and Bungo are missing." "well that's not good. That is not good at all. Shouldn't we tell Thorin?" Bilbo asked
“Uhh, no. Let’s not worry him. As our official burglar, we thought you might like to look into it.” Fili said as they came to walk passed an uprooted tree. It caused the hobbit to swallow hard as his heart tried to jump out of his chest by taking a very inconvienent path through his throat.
“Well, uh...look, somesomething big uprooted these trees.” He muttered around his racing heart and slowly growing panic
“That was our thinking.” Kili said while keeping an eyes out for the theives themselves or a sign where they, or the ponies, could have gone.
“Something very big, and possibly quite dangerous.”
“Hey! There’s a light. Over here! Stay down.” Fili said as both he and Fili took a shoulder each on the BUrglar and quickly took coverage in one of the fallen trees.
“What is it?” Bilbo asked in a whisper
“Trolls.” "he's got myrtle and minti!! I think they're going to eat them, we have to do something!" BIlbo stated in a panic as Kili would soon smirk, "yes; you should. Mountain trolls are slow and stupid, and your so small." Bilbo would soon shake his head "no no no" "they'll never see you" "no...no" "its perfectly safe, we'll be right behind you" Kili stated and FIli would nod "if you run into trouble, hoot twice like a barn owl, once likw a brown owl." All while saying this, Bilbo had failed to notice them take their supper from him and all while pushing him out on to the path and vanish into the brush till it was too late and he was out in the open. Alone. in the dark. Just outside a Troll Camp. "Oh sweet Yavana...." Bilbo muttered ot himself before taking a deep breath and going toward the camps fire light. No, that is my decision and it is final." He said, "How can you still trust them so blindly Ailis? Save for your friend, i faill to see where or when an elf has helped us since her passing."
She would almost laugh in his face when he said that, before she would speak "what about the year I had no memory" she stated firmly looking at him. "I lived with them for a year, because You couldn't 'bare' to see me knowing I had no idea who you where....Thranduil helped me! he pushed every day for a year to make me remember. He could have kept me there, made me forget you completely but he didn't....I don't blame him the day he didn't help when Smaug came....I've warned you and your grandfather time and time again the greed of gold would attact something....now look where its left us...where its left our son"
I left you there for your health and to help give you the space you clearly wanted!" he snapped back. "Or did you forget how you reacted when you were told that not only had you lost your memory, but that you were married to some one you hated and JUST lost a child? The two continued to argue it would seem but Balin would wince slightly as he heard the last part, "lads...I think its best we al..." before he had time to say anything a loud slap was heard as Ailis had actually swung at Thorin for once. "I never hated you...I was devastated about our first child....and..." she took a deep breath as she stood there. "you want to know about loss Thorin....then picture yourself all alone without out those dwarves around you....without Fili or I waiting for you to return home....for 60 years! you've pushed me aside 60 years Thorin!....a year without memory is a cake walk when you spend 60 years trying to get your husband to just be happy to have a family and a home"
Thorin just staired at her in a mixture of shock, anger, even hatred for her treatment for what he was doing or had to do for her and their son. THat the last sixty years of blood, sweat, tears and sleepless nights he had spent to give her and their son and their displaced people a life had meant nothing. That wanting to give her and their son back what should have been theirs this whole time, was all for him and not for them?
"You think i do this because I wasnt happy with you? I do this FOR YOU!"
Just then, came bursting back into the camp, "father! we...." He stopped when he noticed the tension and the angry looks his parents were giving eachother. "Is...Everything alright?" "I could have lived in the village that Fili was born in!! I could have lived in a HOLE in the ground...I don't need a city of gold and jewels you should know that considering that you married a wild dwarf dam! I don't need Erabor! And I for sure don't need you either Thorin Oakinshield! I stay with you because I want to" she snapped out just as Fili came back. She would look towards her son and would shake her head.
Balin would clear his throat and would speak "what is it lad? where is Mr. Baggins?"
Fili felt something in his chest tighten. He had seen his parents argue and fight nut nothing like this. Nothing this angry or hateful. He broke from that feeling and forced himself to look away from them. "Trolls. WE discovered a camp of trolls and they have stolen four of our horses. Bilbo went to free them"
The dwarves would lok at one another before they would move to go and help out. elsewhere as Bilbo looked around before the trolls would speak "Muttton yesterday, mutton today, and blimey, if it don't look like mutton again tomorrow.." one would stated as another who was holding the ponies putting them down. "quit yer' gripping. THese aint sheep. These is West nags!" "Oh I don tlike 'orse. I never 'ave. Not enough fat on them." "Well, its better than the leathery old farmer. Allskin and bone, he was. I'm still picking bits of him out of my teeth"
The one would soon named William sneezes into the pot they have boiling over the fire. "Oh that's lovely, that is; a floater!" "Oh might improve the flavor" "Ah! Theres more where that came from" As the one would start to try and sneeve into it, he would be grabbed by the nose as Bilbo would quickly move unseen behind them and would start to cut at the ropes. "shh shh..." he stated before he would see that he needed to get a knife. He moved, and soon started to grab it though as he did. Wlliam would start to sneeze as he reached behind him to sneeze but as he did he grabbed hold of Bilbo and 'sneezed' into him only to yell in shock. "Arge!! Blimey!! Bert! Bert!! look whats come out of me 'ooter! Its got arms and legs and everything!" the one called Tom looked over his shoulder at the now snot covered Hobbit and asked, "What is it?"
"I dont know, But i dont like the way it wiggles around!" WIlliam said and tossed Bilbo to the ground. "What are ye' then? An over sized Squirrel?" BIlbo covered in 'snot' would shiver at the feeling before he would speak "I'm a burglar--uhh, Hobbit." "A Burgla-Hobbit?" "Can we cook 'I'm?" Tom stated putting his hankerchief aside as William spoke "We can Try!" the trolls would go to grab Bilbo who couldly moved aside only to be cornered by Bert. "He wouldn't make more than a mouthful, not when hes skinned and boned!" "perhaps there's more burgla-hobbits around these parts. Might be enough for a pie!" "Grab him!" "its too quick!!"
The trolls would try to catch Bilbo, he runs around tryining to dodge them. Bert would accidently hit William with his ladle, but as Bilbo runs around "Come here you, little....Gotcha!" he is caught by the legs by tom and held upside down in the air. "Are there more of you little fella's iding where you shouldn't?!" "Nope" Bilbo quickly lied.
"He's Lyishing." "No! No im not"
"Hold his toes over the fire. Make him squeal!" William said just before KIli, who had stuck close to bilbo and was waiting to jump out of the Hobbit needed help, Jumped out and cut williams leg, making his cry out in pain before falling to one knee.
"Drop Him!" Kili shouted.
"I said, drop him." Tom throws Bilbo at Kili; Bilbo lands on Kili, knocking them both down. The rest of the Company charges out of
the bushes yelling and brandishing their weapons. They begin fighting the trolls, hacking, slashing, and
hammering their legs. As the dwarves fight, Bilbo grabs William’s knife and cuts the ropes, freeing the ponies.
Tom, seeing this, grabs Bilbo. The dwarves stop fighting when they see the trolls holding Bilbo by the arms and
legs. Kili would panic some looking over at him then to fili "Bilbo!" he stated in a panic "Lay down your arms, or we'll rip his off!"
Ailis looked at the others, a bit unsure of what to do they couldn't risk Bilbo's life "put them down everyone" she stated as she would drop her own blade. Thorin met the frightend hobbits eyes before stabbing his sword into the ground which was followed by the others, even Ori throwing his slingshot down in a huff. Then the dwarves were collected and thrown into bags or onto a quickly thrown together Spit over the camp fire. One of them Was fili, tied just over Bofur and THorin was fuming and struggled to get out of his holds with every turn of the spit.
"We shouldnt bother cooking them. Lets just sit on them and squash them into jelly." William said as if he had had an enlighnted thought.
"They should be sauteed and grilled with a sprinkling of sage." Bert added with a thoughtful hand gesture. "Never mind the seasoning. We aint got all night!" Tom snapped irritated, "Dawn ain't far away, so lets get a move on. I dont fancy being turned to Stone"
Ailis was tied within another bag along with the others, not much in difference between them and her since they all had long hair. Though as the dwarves struggled Bilbo would take notice of what the trolls were talking about before Bilbo would soon yell "wait! you are making a terrible mistake!" he stated as Dori groaned "you can't reason with them, they're half-wits!" Bofur would snort "half-wits? what does that make us?!"
Bilbo would struggle but soon managed to Stand up, although still stied in the sack as he turned to the trolls. "Uh, I meant with the uh, with uh....with the seasoning!" "what about the seasoning" "well have you smelth them? you're going to need something stronger than sage before you plate this lot up." AIlis held back a snicker as she understood quickly wiath the Hobbit was doing, as the dwarves yell at Bilbo calling him a traitor. "What do you know about cooking dwarf?" Tom stated leaning down towards him, "shut up and let the uh...flurgaburburrahobbit talk." Bilbo would bow his head some "Uh...the--secret to cooking dwarf is um--" "come on..." "its uh...." "Tell us the secret!" the trolls getting annoyed "Ye...yes, I'm telling you, the secret is...to skin them first!" "Tom, get me the filleting knife." Bert said with enthusiasm.
THe dwarves began to shout and point and threaten bilbo.
"What a load of rubbish! I've eaten plenty with their skins on. Scuff them, i say, boots and all." Tom boasted while william stood and walked over to the dwarves. Neither noticed that a figure slipped passed behind them. "He's right! Nothing wrong with a bit of raw Dwarf!" WIlliam said as he scooped Bombur up by his feet and held him upside down and in the air over the open maw of the troll.
"NO! Wait! Not that one!" Bilbo shouted. "He's...He's Infected"
"Yes! He's got worms in his....tubes!" Bilbo turned back to William as he dropped Bombur back into the pile in disgust. "Infact they all have, They're infested with Parasites.Its a terrible Business. I wouldn't risk it, I really wouldn't"
THe dwarves began shouting at the hobbit again! How dare he make such accusations?! "I dont have Parasites! you have Parasite!" Kili shouted at him untill he felt his uncle kick him. All went silent.
"I have Parasites as big as my arm!" Oin shouted, trying to sound convincing. "I have huge parasites. Loads of Parasites" Kili shouted
Ailis would almost groan with Bilbo as the others began to still yell at him even more, it would seem none of them could get the idea what Bilbo was doing but she would 'nudge' Thorin who in turn soon got the idea before kicking his nephew. THe silence was helping as the dwarves soon began to argue yelling about the 'parasites' that were within them as soon Tom would speak. "well what would you have us do? "well..." Bilbo stated looking to the side as Tom would glare "you think I don't know what you're up to? This little ferret is taking us for fools!" Bilbo almost looked horrified "ferret?" Bert looked up "fools?"
Gandalf woud soon move upon the rock and would yell "THe dawn will take you all!" THe trolls looked up along with the dwarves as they where in good spirits to see the wizard "Whos that?" "No idea" "Can we eat 'him too?" Gandalf would soon take his staff slamming it into the rock as it split in half the sunlight pouring in behind and hitting the trolls skin. THe howls of pain filled the small clearing as the trolls slowly turned to stone. Gandalf would help the dwarves out as Bilbo moved first to Ailis "At least one of you understood me" "not to hard considering" AIlis stated as she would pat his shoulder. "well done Bilbo, at least some have a head on their shoulder here..." she was still upset with thorin so she would move away quickly and instead went to her son and nephew. "are you boys alright?" she asked. Singed, but fine...." Fili said not meeting his mothers gaze as he threw his coat back on. He didnt want her to know how what he heard his parensts say had affected him. "Are you alright?" He asked as he turned to her and did his best to hide his troubles.
Off aways, THorin approached Gandalf. "And where did you get off to, may I ask?" "To Look ahead" Gandalf stated as he would glance at him and then to AIlis noticing how he didn't go to his wife quickly then back at him with a slight raised brow. "ANd what made you come back?" He asked, followed the wizards gaze but said nothing.
"Looking behind. Nasty business, still they are all in one piece." he stated leaning against his staff some. "Bilbo at least had the nous to play for time. None but your 'wife' had the thought to do that...which is odd considering you and her are normally....among the same mind.." "Tred carefully Gandalf," he said and looked back at the Grey wizard with an icy glance.
“And since when do mountain trolls venture this far south?" He asked, glad to be off the subject of his wife, for the moment.
"Not for an age. Not since a darker power ruled these lands." He said and looked back up at the trolls. "But they could not have traveled in daylight."