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Fiddle Run Fun... or rather: Riddle Fun Run!

posted Jul 11, 2019, 7:48 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

Hobbits have a craving for riddles. Riddles are common entertainment at the Shire inns, most notably at the weekly Green Dragon Friday. It has been a while since the hobbits organized their last riddle run though, so it’s high time to have one! And this time, it will be a fun run, because it involves visiting the Shire inns!

Date: Sunday 28th July

Time: 7:30 PM ((UK, 2:30 PM server time))

Location: Tuckborough, the Shire

We will meet in Tuckborough, where you will get four riddles from Miss Pycella. Each riddle answer is one of the Shire inns, and the fourth riddle leads you to the place where the finish line is. You can do the race alone or in small teams (2–3 persons). First, you need to figure out the first three inns, visit them in any order you like and perform a special task at those inns. Also, you should take your time to look at the inn itself – there will be some extra questions at the finish line about the inns themselves. Also, Miss Pycella will give you some extra tasks to do so that you can gain extra points, if you have the time. Should you have problems during the race, please contact Miss Pycella.

Rewards will be given for speed and correct answers, but also for things like silliness and matching team costumes. The main idea is to have fun together. Even though the riddles themselves might not be too difficult to solve, it is encouraged to do the race in teams so that you get more fun out of it.

You will get more details on the Riddle Run day. In the meantime, you can gather a small team, visit inns, eat, meditate… whatever gets you ready for the fun run. See you in Tuckborough on Sunday 28th July!

Grand Summer Picnic at Northcotton Farm

posted Jun 29, 2019, 6:18 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood  

Joy of joys, the summer is here! And summer means time for food and drink! 
This summer, we'll visit the northern vineyards at Northcotton Farm! 
Get ready for this year’s Grand Summer Picnic!  

Date: Sunday June 30th 
Time: 7:30PM UK/BST (2:30PM servertime)
Location: The vineyards at Northcotton Farm, outside Oatbarton

We are pleased to invite all hobbits and good friends to this year’s summer picnic! Activities to look forward to include music, dancing, games, food, drinks and fireworks. And wine, lots of wine. Perhaps yer will be able to start making yer own?
This year, we'll visit the Nortfarthing, more precisely Northcotton Farm just west of Oatbarton. The farm has some quality vineyards for us to peruse and learn more about northern wine-making traditions. For instruction on how to get there, see below.

Please bring your own food to share with the others, for the picnic potluck!

All hobbits are invited, except Lobelia and Lotho. We're still undecided over Ol' Flourdumpling, because he'll end up eating all the food.

There may be a pie rolling run as well, so bring an extra set of dry clothes...


This is certainly a hobbit-preferred event, but well-mannered dwarves and good friends from taller persuasions may surely pop around too. Just don’t block the view of the locals during the entertainment.

To reach the vineyards, follow the map below. Basically, once you go through the entrance (to the farm, not the adventure instance), turn left at the first main crossroad, then keep turning right along the path.

While the vineyards are safe, there are some level 30 shrews and crows around near the entrance. If you need help to get past them, please contact Lina or Pycella. ))

Summer poetry competition

posted May 29, 2019, 3:15 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Jadite Bumblefoot 

O the summer time has come 
and the trees are sweetly blooming 
and the wild mountain thyme 
grows around the blooming heather. 

Will ye go lassie, go?  

Now tis been a while since I last posted about poetry, and I hope this time the demands of the fields dunna keep those budding young bards all day at the plow.

Tis the time once more ter see who will become this years Summer-time Bard

Barring no encores and such, we'll meet at the Grand stage near Bywater fer a grand night.

Tis traditional fer a few topics be offered, fer those interested ter base their poems on. This year is no different, ye'll have ter choose from the following:

Harvest, Balance or Joy

"Harvest", one of the topics

Location: Methel Stage, Bywater.

When: Saturday 22nd June

Time: 8:00 pm ((BST/ 3:00 pm servertime))

Topics: Harvest, Balance or Joy

Prizes: Summer-Time bard title, plus anything else I can find down the sofa!

All races are welcome ter sign up fer this most grand event, and I'll look ferward ter seeing ye all on the night. Bring a picnic ter enjoy and music will be on hand fer yer dancing pleasure.

If yer interested in taking part then drop a message via the fast post ter meself - Jadite or me Nannie.

Rubysue's Farewell Adventure

posted May 22, 2019, 1:47 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Our dear friend Rubysue has sailed into the west.
We will meet do the things she loved.
Fishing, adventures and an ale at the inn. 

Date: Saturday May 25th
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time / 2:30PM servertime))
Location: 4 Wending Way, Songburrow, Shire Homesteads

Our good friend and grand mathomer Rubysue has passed away. We wish to invite her friends and aquaintances to an evening where we remember her by doing all the things she loved.

We will meet at Rubysue's burrow at 4 Wending Way, Songburrow, Shire Homesteads. The plans for the evening are flexible, but will likely include:
  • Fishing in the river near her burrow (so bring fishing poles)
  • An adventure of sorts, where we travel into the wild and look for trouble (so bring weapons and sturdy clothes)
  • An ale at her favourite inn, the Green Dragon.
During the evening, we want to remember the good times we had together with Rubysue. While the occasion is one of sadness, we aim for a fond and good-natured event where smiles and laughter are just as welcome as tears.

Welcome along to raise a mug of ale for a grand hobbit adventurer!

(( OOC:
This is an in-character event. The adventure part of the event will depend on how many wishes to join and their in-game level. It may be chasing Roving Threats in the North Down, going into a raid or just exploring dangerous territories. We'll see on the night.))

Nawagrim's and Pycella's Grand Friendship Ceremony (Not a wedding)

posted May 16, 2019, 6:48 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

Hullo dear hobbits of the Shire!

There has been a lot of talk of two hobbits getting married, namely Miss Pycella and Master Nawagrim. Now, weddings are surely a nice thing to celebrate, especially in the hot summertime, as long as it’s not your own wedding. And here is an event that surely isn’t anyone’s wedding. No. This one is

Nawagrim’s and Pycella’s Grand Friendship Ceremony

which is all about their long friendship that is still sailing strong after all these years.

Now these two friends would like to welcome you all to join this ceremony (and party) which will put an end to all this gossip about weddings. Come to see how they take their friendship vows and prove that their friendship is true. And above all: let’s have some grand fun together with good food, drinks, music, song and cheer.

Date: Sunday May 26th

Time: 7:30 PM ((UK time, 2:30 PM server time))

Location: Nawagrim’s burrow, Wending Way 1, Songburrow, Shire Homesteads

Welcome to enjoy a warm-hearted, relaxed party, old and new friends! Feel free to bring some own entertainment to the party too, if you have something suitable!

The Royal Interview

posted May 15, 2019, 7:46 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 18, 2019, 7:31 AM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush 

Last night, I met with the new Shire May Queen, Granmama. We had a nice conversation at a table in the Ivy Bush and enjoyed a few mugs of ale together. Here is a transcription of that interview. 

Peppy: Hullo Granmama! Or do you prefer "your majesty"? 
 Granmama: Oh, let's get this out of the way immediately! None of that formal nonsense on my behalf, please, me dear! Granmama will do fine. Miss Granmama is... not right, I think.
Peppy: May I ask, what is your full name?
 Granmama: Granmama is a title , just like Miss. I used to be called Miss ofcourse, in my younger years. They called me Miss Cleoma, which is my given name.
Peppy: So we can call you Granmama Cleoma?
 Granmama: If you so wish. I like that better than Miss Granmama. After my wedding I became Madam Proudfoot, as my husband was Bearhart Proudfoot, may he rest in peace.
Peppy: And your marriage was blessed with children?
 Granmama: Oh, yes. Quite a few of them, actually.
Peppy: That must have felt good!
 Granmama: Aye, it did, pet.
Peppy: And when they grow up and had children of their own, you became Granmama?
 Granmama: You guessed it. Clever lad! *smiles*
I never liked the the word Gammer, so I asked them to call me Granmama.
Peppy: And your husband became Grandaddy or Granpapa? Of just Gaffer?
 Granmama: Agh, sadly he has never known his grandchildren. He would have loved them, I am sure.
Peppy: Oh, that is sad! He died at a young age?
 Granmama: Too young, dear, too young! He was only 45 years of age.
Peppy: I'm sorry to hear that, Granmama.

We both raised our glass to the late Bearhart Proudfoot.

Peppy: So you were called Madam Proudfoot, not Missus Proudfoot? Where did you live? Where are you from, I mean.
 Granmama: Aye, Madam Proudfoot, as they say it in Oatbarton.
Peppy: Oatbarton! O, but then you must know Pete Proudfoot, the Onionfarmer?
 Granmama: Ofcourse I do, dear, as I know everyone in Oatbarton and they know me.

Peppy: You can often be found in taverns, is that right? Is that why you wanted to meet here, at the Ivy Bush?
 Granmama: I like the atmospere in the Shire's taverns. And each of the innkeepers I count among my friends. It's a nice place to meet your fellow-hobbit and enjoy a nice mug of ale.

Peppy: Green Dragon Friday?
 Granmama: Oh, aye! A wonderful gathering every week. Unfortunately I cannot go there each week, but I go as often as I can. You know, I heard they are running the Green Dragon Fridays for 11 years already! I wish I had known before. I am now a late adopter, you could say.
Peppy: Why doesn't Oatbarton have a tavern?
 Granmama giggles: O, a good question! I think we like things informal there and we gather at someone's burrow or barn occasionally, if not regularly. Especially when the harvest has been brought in. Also, nasty things live just North of Oatbarton, out of the bounds, so we tend towards the South and end up in the Plough and Stars.

Peppy: We must also discuss your election as Shire May Queen, Granmama.
 Granmama: Sure, pet, what do you want to know? I still put on my knickers one leg at a time, you know.
Peppy chuckles: May I interpret that as "I am Granmama in the first place and Queen only second place"?
 Granmama: O aye, well put, me dear. But that does not mean that I don't see the importance of  having and being a Shire Queen! I take it quite seriously and the importance lies in being there to help Nature in producing bountiful harvests. That is the May Queen in it's essence, in my opinion.
Peppy: I was wondering: how exactly is that done? Does the floral crown come with a user guide?
 Granmama shakes her grey head: No pet, no guide. Guidance.. aye! It is done first of all, by all the hobbits in the Shire, by electing a Shire May Queen. That is it, really. And as Queen it is my job to keep that spirit of togetherness alive. The Shire is not fed by the produce of farmers alone! We all play our part.
Peppy: You mean like: "Together we stand, divided we fall"?
 Granmama: Exactly! I already noticed you are a clever lad, Peppy dear!

Peppy: Are there things you'd like to change in the Shire during your period of reign?
 Granmama: Well, it is not the role of each year's Queen to make changes. And certainly not by enforcing them. But I do like to educate the youngsters so they grow up to be fine Hobbits.
Peppy: By sending them all to school or back to school?
 Granmama: No no, not like that. I like telling stories, as you may know. Stories that have a meaning, a message in them. Some are very old stories. I don't make them up myself, but they were told to me by my own mother and gammer. And I tell them to my children, grandchildren and everyone who cares to listen to them. In that sense, I regard you all as my grandchildren, my own kin. I be Granmama to each and everyone of them!
Peppy: So what will be the lesson of your next stories?
 Granmama: Well, an important lesson is: "Don't hoard, but share!" Even if you like something very much, it gives more joy seeing others enjoying it as well, than to keep everything to yourself like a real niggard.
Peppy: Oh, are you now addressing certain biscuit lovers or ore collectors?
 Granmama: Certainly not, but if the boot fits, the owner of the foot can choose to wear it. That's an old Stoor proverb.
Peppy nods: Wonderful. I think our readers will now know more about you, after having read this interview. Thank you very much for agreeing to having this conversation.
 Granmama: My pleasure, Master Peppy, me dear. May all your readers have a lovely Summer!

Badgers' "Little Delving" Rehearsal

posted May 8, 2019, 1:55 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 8, 2019, 1:55 PM ]

By Lina Willowwood

A quiet and quaint village.
Time passes slowly in Little Delving.
Until the Brandy Badgers come to shake things up! 

Date: Monday May 13th
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time / 2:30 PM servertime))
Location: Little Delving, The Shire

The Brandy Badgers never really play concerts, but them's pretty well good at having public rehearsals. And they're just burning in with songs they didn't manage to put into the May Queen musical earlier this spring. So expect a lot of songs yer didn't hear the Badgers play before. And the odd surprise!

Come to dance, have fun and shake up things in Little Delving!


This will be a public rehearsal with all the Queen songs we didn't find room for in the May Queen musical earlier this year. We'll likely play a few other songs as well.

As usual, we love it if lots of hobbits come to listen and chat with us. Should others like to show up as well, be very welcome, but make sure yer don't block the view of the hobbits!))

Green Dragon Friday 11th Anniversary!

posted May 8, 2019, 1:45 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Green Dragon Friday is 11 years old , and we must celebrate!
Welcome hobbits! Bring all yer hobbit friends!
Add yer drinks to Potty's tab!

Date: Friday May 24
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire

Plans for the main party are still being sorted out, but here are some things to look forward to:
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Meal - food and drink aplenty!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Speech - yer not getting away from it...
  • The Grand GDF Raffle – win fun prizes!
  • The Grand GDF Fireworks Display – boom!
  • GDF-related entertainmentsign up in advance if yer have some!


Please note that Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event for hobbits. Travelling dwarves are welcome as always.


Fabled Fifth Forest Featurin Festive Frolicking and Factual Fantasy!

posted May 5, 2019, 10:15 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Acorne Oakley 


It was great ta see so many of ya at the April OAKS ... 

Ya brought yer families....gammers, gaffers, aunties, uncles....and cousins galore   *giggles* 

We all had fun dancin and listenin ta the music of Harfang! 

At one point Master Sigmo said, "We never have been on stage with such a crazy party! "  
and then he had us all tryin ta dance like ..Goblins!

My dear Papa was there and he said it was lovely music and he had a grand time all evenin!

Miss Leddy had ta use a bunch of paint in her drawings that day..hehe... just look at these...                     

And now....
The Forest of OAKS!!

when the bands that have played over the past year come back ta each play agin fer 30 minutes..

Join us in Oldfurlong & we'll climb them OAKS t'gether   *giggles*

..... in the town square of Oldfurlong on Saturday May 11 ....

when we dance under the Full Moon of Polnolunie

while we be listenin ta the smokin music of PPPB

and the brilliantly beautiful music of them Blue Silmarils

as we dance wit Crows, Frogs, sum Wild ladies from the Mill..

and a whole BOAT of Badgers

Of course the Harfang family will be back as well *winks*

This is gonna be truly AMAZIN!!!

and remember all folks be welcome ...and I do mean everybodee...
even that lady on the Hill that yells at everyone ta leave her flowers alone *winks*

tall or short...young or old...join us in Oldfurlong fer a crazy fun day!!
All be most welcome!   *bows*

If the Forest is rockin..

..Just come in and join us!  *winks*

where:   the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood in the Shire homesteads
                 ((Altfurch auf Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))

when:    Saturday May 11th at six bells in the evenin
              (( 18:00 UK time / 19:00 CET / 13:00 server time ))

Warm hugs ta everybodee,

Shire Queen (and King) Nominations!

posted Apr 20, 2019, 10:45 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 20, 2019, 10:53 AM ]

By Nannie 

Right me dears, now the fun begins! 

Here are the lovely mature lassies that have been put forward fer our possible Queen of the May. Read on! 

Miss Almi and Miss Granmama.

Now fer the laddies we have: 

Master Deamfast  and Master Bonkadoc  and Master Matzo

A grand selection ter say the least!

The floral crowns have already been made and you get to pick on which head they will rest.

Voting remains the same as always, ye have two votes: one fer the lass of yer choice and one fer the lad. Get yer choice ter me via the fast post - or whisper it ter me when ye see me - afore the ending of the Green Dragon on the 3rd of May. Voting closes then and no more will be taken.

Our new Queen will be announced at the May Queen Party the following day! Date and place for that:

Date: Saturday 4th May 
Time: 8pm (BST) 
Location: Shire Rose Kin-Hall, Brightdown 

So get Voting!!

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