The Fellowship of the Toys
Chapter 4: To the Street!Treebeard, batting the snow from his rubber leaves, looked around
and saw a tall fence across the snowy lawn from them. He frowned.
"Hoom-baroom! I do not.....believe.....that I or......the mounts
can....get passed......that.....fence." Treebeard groaned, shuffling
through the snow and trying not to trip and fall again. Camel, behind
him, groaned and grumbled in disdain, looking around the snow and
"No. You cannot." Legolases chimed. "But we can go to the street."
"But we could be hit by one of those huge wheely thingies!" Frodo cried
in dismay, clinging to Dirk's blue fur mane. "I've heared the Big
One--Peregrine--talking about them. And I've seen a few and..." Frodo
"If we stick close to the snow on the side, we should not get run
over." Aragorn on Brego said. The horse snorted and tossed his head.
"Do not worry, Frodo." Legolases soothed from atop Aravan. "Dirk is swift. He will keep you safe."
Frodo made a face, but he knew that they were right. He sighed and patted Dirk on the head.
"Fine. Let's go then."
"By the way," Third Legolas asked, "where are we going?"
"To....the street." Treebeard told him. Legolas rolled his eyes.
"I know that, Fanghorn. But after that, where are we going? I mean, are
we going to explore the city or go into the wild or . . . what?"
"The wild? Oh, dear. There are no volcanoes around here, are there?" he asked, gripping his beaked helmet fearfully.
"No, I don't beleive so." Aragorn atop Camel said. "But don't worry.
The wild is very small here. I have only seen a little bit of it, but
from what I have seen--it is very small."
"Oh. Well. Okay then. Let's try the wild. I don't much trust the street."
"Well, we should move faster on the street. And the sooner there, the
sooner we can leave it." Aragorn upon Brego said. He heeled the horse
in his rubber flanks and the horse began struggling across the snow.
Sometimes the snow only came up to his ankle. Sometimes it went nearly
to his shoulder. But the horse formed a narrow trail through the snow
and upon this tiny road Camel followed, groaning and growling most
loudly in his annoyance. Treebeard followed him. Dirk simply bounded
across the snow and Aravan soared overhead, the Legolases laughing in
glee. They soared around the corner of the house and landed upon the
curb of the street. It took some time--nearly half an hour--for the
others to arrive. Brego and Camel nearly tripped many times in the
snow. Brego didn't seem to care, but Camel was growing quite upset.
When he reached the street--barely coated in the white powder--he
seemed quite pleased. If his groaning and growling could be interpreted
"See, that wasn't so hard." Aragorn said, brushing snow away from
Brego's flanks and tail. "And now that we're on the street, we can move
"We mustn't be.....too hasty.......now." Treebeard cautioned, waving an arm in the air.
"Do not fear, Treebeard." Legolases chimed cheerfully. "We shall move no faster than you do allow."
"Hey, what's that?" Frodo cried, pointing down the street. Everyone looked to see--not a car, not a human . . . a dog.
"It's a dog!" Third Legolas cried.
At the sound of Legolas's voice, the dog looked up and wagged his tail.
He sniffed the air and began trotting towards them. It wasn't until he
had nearly reached them that the toys saw the fluffy remains of a
stuffed animal hanging from his jaws.
"Oh, dear." Frodo groaned. "He's going to eat us!"
"Not if we can help it!" Legolases cried and each strung a single
rubber arrow to his own plastic bow. They pulled back and fired, an
arrow from Thrid Legolas's bow and Aragorn's (both of them) followed.
The arrows struck the dog in the nose and he snorted and stopped. Then
he growled and ran at them, barking angrily at being struck.
"RUN!" Aragorn upon Brego cried, even as the horse wheeled and bolted
down the street. Aravan leapt into the air and flew away while Dirk
bounded down the street as fast as his long legs could take him. Camel
and Treebeard, though, could only go very slowly and the dog was
gaining on them!
Treebeard, then, tripped on a lump of ice and sprawled out upon the street. The dog was nearly upon him!
"Treebeard!" Legolas cried, turning in his perch upon Camel. He and
Aragorn attempted to turn the grumbling beast, but the camel would have
nothing of it and continued to run.
"Legolases!" Legolas cried.
The dog, growling and snapping, leapt at Treebeard--and then fell away,
yelping! Legolas and Aragorn and Treebeard looked up just in time to
see Aravan winging away, the dragon having struck the dog full in the
side of the head. Legolases sat upon his back, cheering and waving
their bows in the air. The dog growled, but he ran away, having had
enough of the strange toys. He would find easier prey--perhaps a cat to
"Look!" Legolases cried from high up--nearly six feet!--in the air. "'Tis the Wild!"
And, indeed, ahead of them the road ended and there began the Wild. Frodo sighed.
"I suppose it's better than a dog."