Hobbits, Hearts and Valentines
Elinor and little Frodo sat on the floor of their living room cutting
out red and pink and white hearts. On each heart, they decorated by
pasting onto them flowers they had picked along with a little note,
written by Elinor since Frodo wasn’t able to yet. Having finished a
small pile of assorted sized hearts, the two young hobbits left their
mess to be cleaned up later, probably by their mother, to deliver their
Running out the door, they found their father at work on the boxes of
window flowers. After shuffling through the pile, Elinor pulled out a
large white heart with a few small yellow flowers attached to it.
Handing it to Frodo, she gave him a little towards Sam.
“Daddy, sis is fow you,” the little boy said holding up the heart. Sam
looked down on his son with a bright smile shining from his dirt
“Thank you, my boy. But what’s it for?”
“Valentine’s day, Daddy,” Elinor answered. “Didn’t you know today was
“No, sweetheart,” Sam replied kneeling down to his children’s level.
“What is this Valentine’s day?”
“It’s a day where everybody makes hearts with pretty notes on them and
give them to all the people they love,” explained Elinor.
“But where did ya hear ‘bout Valentine’s day? I’ve never even heard of
it in all my travels.”
“We found it in a stowy book in Uncle Fwodo’s libwawy,” little Frodo
provided. “It was about sis pwace called Ears and peopow sere cewebwate
Vawentine’s day on Febwaiwy fouwtens.”
Sam gave a little chuckle. “So have you made lots of hearts today?”
“Oh yes, Daddy,” beamed Elinor, showing him the pile of hearts in her
hands. “We have one for Mama, one for Uncle Frodo, one for Uncle Merry,
one for Uncle Pippin, one for Violet, one for Petunia, one for Sam, and
one for Gandalf, if he comes today.”
“How ‘bout I help you deliver you hearts to everybody. How’s that
sound?” He was answered by nodding and squeals of glee from the two
little hobbits in front of him. Suddenly, Sam was yanked forward by
both hands and his children rushed him off to the holes of their
play-mates. Then they went to the market and found Rosie shopping for
groceries. Giving her a large red heart with little white flowers, they
moved on to The Green Dragon to find Merry and Pippin. Sam made the
delivery of the hearts and had his two friends come out and play a bit
with Elinor and Frodo.
Finally, they marched up to Bag End to deliver their last heart, a
white heart with a large red flower attached. Knocking on the round,
green door, they waited for Uncle Frodo to answer. He did presently and
warmly welcomed them inside his comfortable hole. The children bounded
in with shouts of “Happy Valentine’s Day” which made Frodo look
quizzically at his gardener.
“I’ll explain later, Mr. Frodo.” With a wink and a smile, Frodo
accepted the heart and accompanying flowers from his adopted niece and
nephew and listened to the stories they had read about that mythical
place called Earth. The afternoon wore on and soon it was time to head
home for supper. Frodo escorted Sam, Elinor, and little Frodo to the
door and saw them walk their merry way back to Rosie and their own
hobbit hole. The older hobbit closed the door gently and looked at the
heart sitting on his table. Sitting down, he poured himself a cup of
tea and gazed at the little gift of love.
“What a wonderful day,” thought Frodo.