||[Jul. 4th, 2003|10:23 pm]
Title: A Happy Disruption|
Pairing: Pippin/Diamond, some Estella/Merry
On special request from his former steward, King Elessar delayed the announcement of his edict forbidding Men to enter the Shire, until after the wedding of Peregrin Took, allowing Faramir, Eowyn and their retinue to attend.
Thus it was that the Shire was stunned by the arrival of a great number of lords and ladies, unlike anything they had seen before. Accommodation was found in Brandy Hall for the Prince and his lady, who professed themselves delighted by their rooms, while their serving men and maids raised tents in fields lent to them by the local farmers.
The feasting in honour of Pippin and Diamond’s wedding lasted for days, both before and after the ceremony itself, which was marked by “a party of special magnificence”, as old Bilbo would have said. It was generally agreed that both bride and groom looked especially fine in their marriage clothes, and that it was a wedding fit for the best of hobbits.
Meriadoc was delighted to see the Lady Eowyn once again, and the two spent many hours talking privately together about things past, and memories both sad and joyous. The Lady even consented to dance with Meriadoc several times, while her husband took the floor with some flattered hobbit maid. It was noted by the gossips of the Shire that young Estella Bolger looked distinctly displeased at such times.
All the leading families of the Shire were of course in attendance, including the newly respectable Gamgees. Had anyone been inclined to notice, they might have seen that the spirits of Meriadoc, Peregrin and Samwise were dimmed somewhat on being reminded that Frodo and Bilbo Baggins were absent, but such fits of gloom did not outwardly last long. After all, it would not be right for such a happy day.
The joining of Peregrin and Diamond was spoken of by the old wives and young maids of the Shire for long after their children were grown with children of their own. After all, such disruptions to Shire routine do not happen every day!