While the decorations for the winter solstice party were being
put up in the Golden Hall at Edoras, someone had slipped in a small
bunch of mistletoe and hung over one of the doorways. Then the arriving
couples would use this entrance so they could pause briefly under it to
kiss one another as was the tradition before moving on.
But not everyone was familiar with this custom so when Legolas and
Gimli paused under it to survey the party going on inside laughter
erupted. Confused both friends looked at each other which sent the on
lookers to laughing even more. Finally Aragorn and Arwen stepped forth
and pointed out the mistletoe and explained what was to be done under
Now Gimli’s bearded face turned a deep red. “Not in a million years!”
he exclaimed loudly while quickly moving on into the hall while more
As for Legolas he had paled and looked absolutely horrified. “I
couldn’t agree more!” he exclaimed as Aragorn took him by the arm and
gently pulled him inside. After a goblet of wine the Elf had returned
to his old self as had Gimli now with a tankard of ale in his hand.
However neither one of them would set foot near that doorway for the
remainder of the party.
II. The Mistletoe Incident ~ The Sequel
When Legolas and Gimli arrived at the Golden Hall in Edoras for this
year’s winter solstice party they didn’t enter through the doorway
where the mistletoe was hanging. After all they sure didn’t want to
repeat the embarrassing mistake they had made last year. So they
entered through another doorway and after the much taller Legolas had
spied Aragorn and Arwen with King Éomer on the far side of the
crowded hall he then led Gimli towards them across a wide expanse of
floor where no one was standing.
Suddenly the hall erupted in merry laughter when the elf and dwarf were
spotted there. Now this laughter sounded so similar to what had
happened to them before that it made them to quickly look up at the
same time. And it was then they saw the good sized ball of mistletoe
being lowered into place right above them in preparation for a couple’s
Instantly Gimli’s bearded face was again a shade of deep red while
Legolas’s became very pale like it had been before. Then the two
friends beat a hasty retreat amid even louder laughter over to Aragorn,
Arwen, and King Éomer all of whom had amused expressions on
“Not one word out of any of you!” Gimli warned while glaring up at them
before he stomped off towards the ale keg.
“I’m rapidly growing to dislike this tradition of yours,” Legolas said
softly to King Éomer who grinned back.
“I don’t know why. You and Gimli make such a wonderful couple,” Arwen
said with a teasing smile.
Now this didn’t help to alleviate the elf’s distress so Aragorn gave
him a reassuring slap on the back before handing him a silver goblet of
wine from a nearby table.
“Don’t worry Legolas. No one will think of you and Gimli that way,” he
said with a grin. “After all it’s quite plain to everyone but my wife
that you’re too tall for him anyway.”
Legolas couldn’t help but to laugh at this. Still he and Gimli made
sure not to go anywhere near the dance floor for the remainder of the