|Enjoying a good beer!|
There evidently was trouble brewing because the Bounder Captain did not even check to see if he was old enough to join before swearing him in. He was given a wooden club studded with a red stone and an iron shield, probably dusty old relics from the Mathom House. Alfred was stationed at the village of Stock, which was thankfully near Budgeford. His father was furious when he found out about his son's decision, but in the end relented, because he too had been hearing dark and shadowy rumors.
|Talking to the Bounder Captain|
Alfred escaped unscathed except for a few bumps and bruises. The only real harm he received was to his poor nerves. Shaken to the point of gibbering, he was laid up in bed for several days. However, he recovered quickly and was soon out of bed, none the worse for his troubles.
|All alone in the Old Forest|
They were mysterious and strangely silent. He was tole told nothing except that there was a certain mission he needed to perform within the dark and gloomy forest. A scrap of parchment was given to him and he was instructed to deliver it to a certain 'Tom Bombadil.' Alfred was shown to the tunnel leading into the Old Forest, and, as soon as he had passed through, they closed the gate, leaving him all alone.
A Return to RealityAs you have probably already guessed, I play a little on Lord of the Rings Online. My hobbit's name is actually Hobyltan, a play on the Rohirric word for hobbit, 'hobytlan.' I do not mean to brag, but he is a level twenty-one minstrel, an expert tailor, and among his many titles are The Undying (survive to level twenty without being defeated), and Honorary Shirriff (complete seventy-five Shire quests). He is clothed, as you can see, in gold and green, two favorite colors among hobbits.
Chest: Scaled Hauberk
Cloak: Linen Cloak
Well, I guess I will wrap up this long post now. I just thought I would add a little gaming to this blog to give it some variety. If I get good feedback, I will continue this series with even longer and more exciting posts about the adventures of Alfred Bolger, so please comment!