After many months away from The Shire, Saffronella, a Hobbit Warden, came home for some much-needed R&R. She should have known her Bounder father would put her right back to work!
She jumped on her goat, a gift from her Dwarven friends from Moria, and rode off to see what her father heard out in the woods.
She arrived at her favorite place in the world, The waterfall at the edge of Bindbole Wood.
She danced, happy to finally find some peace after many battles in Middle Earth.
Even while lost in her dance, she hears you approach… She stops dancing and points at you, trying to look menacing…
(A Hobbit Warden, no matter how deadly they are, never lose their cute…)
You tell her who you are.. and she stops and thinks about this for a moment…
Until finally… She shrugs her shoulders at you…
You look like many of the Free People of Middle Earth, so she smiles at you.
“Where are my manners.” She says to you. “Well ‘ello there! Stay and have some tea! Of course, I have no tea to give you out here!”
You both hear a commotion a few meters away. Sounds like someone dropped a shield… She peers off into the direction of the sound and bides you to mount your horse.
She jumps back onto her goat, and the two of you ride off to find out who made the noise.
She quickly jumps off her goat as you pull alongside. She whispers to you and points, “Goblins.. in The Shire!”
She reaches for her javelin and whispers, “Silently now, darkness approaches.”
(I think this little Hobbit Warden has spent way too much time with the Grey Company…)
As she lets it fly, you realize how deadly this adorable, child-like creature is. You quickly remind yourself that she’s a Warden and not just any Warden; she’s a Hobbit Warden.
The Goblin body count begins to add up as you stand there, amazed at the strength and perseverance of a Hobbit Warden. She finally stops her combat and looks at you.
“I need to go back to Overhill and report to my father. Coming with me? There is tea and cakes at the house!”
You chuckle to yourself as you think, “How Hobbit of you, Ms. Machine Gun, to think of the merrier things of life right after a major combat.” You remember why you came to visit The Shire in the first place.
As she points out her house to you, she climbs on top of a table, lying down. “Tell momma I sent you.” She falls asleep as quickly as it took her to utter those words to you.