Written for the LOTR Community's "Celebrate!" challenge. For Harrowcat for her birthday, with much love. A sequel to "A Wizard's Blessing" in the Between Green Door and Gold Ring collection.
ďThat ball is old!Ē observed Pippin-lad.
Young Ham nodded his agreement.
Their Sam-dad laughed. ďIt is old. Itís said as old Gandalf give it to the first bairn born alive in Bag End, and him give it to the only one of his cousinís children as survived his birth, down in Number Five, there on the Row. Then, heariní as my mum was expectiní, he sent it all the way from Buckland with his dad to have it given to me when I was born in April of 1380. When we was expectiní Elanor, him and me agreed as it should go to her. Itís been there for each of you, and now itís come to our little Tom. A special gift, originally from old Gandalf hisself.Ē
A still colorful woolen ball was set in little Tolmanís cradle, and the infant hugged it gladly.