Drouble: The Rings Thing
Title: The Rings Thing
Disclaimer: only borrowing Tolkien's wonderful characters. I promise to return them unharmed.
A/N: for the toilanddrouble ‘crossover’ challenge. Thursday Next (from Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair, etc.)/LOTR crossover.
“Miss Next, you’re needed in The Lord of the Rings,” said Miss Havisham. “The book has gone blank three pages into the last chapter. It’s creating wide-spread panic.”
I read myself in at The Grey Havens, landing outside the newly-restored Bag End. Two hobbits stared at me defiantly; they were holding hands. “Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, I presume?” They nodded.
A hobbit seated nearby, holding Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women, glared at me. C-grade trying to become multidimensional, I thought. “I don’t want to marry and bear thirteen children, Miss Next. I want to become mayor of the Shire.”
“And Mr. Frodo wants to stay at Bag End with me, not go over Sea,” declared Sam, putting his arm around a pallid Frodo. “He gets seasick something fierce.”
I thought fast. Generations of readers had cried at the end of Rings. Nearly everyone- myself included- wanted Frodo and Sam to stay together. “All right.” Rosie pumped her fist. Frodo and Sam hugged.
Readers saw words begin to fill the blank pages:
‘When are you going to move in and join me, Sam?’
Sam beamed happily.
‘Straight away, Mr. Frodo…’
Another successful mission for Thursday Next, Literary Detective.