DISCLAIMER- No own-age going on. Just honest fun with Tolkein. kowtows to that brilliant mind

Summary- Samwise Gamgee can't sleep most nights, and so he lies awake, and thinking. He finds himself thinking about Mr. Frodo, and how Gandalf bound them together with his charge.

Warning- possible yaoi, if you squint

Concerning Hobbits

It's late. The sun has been down for hours, but I can't sleep. Frodo is finally asleep. Poor hobbit hasn't gotten a good night's sleep since we left the Shire. I try to let him sleep as much as possible. He needs it- he bears a heavy burden. I wish I could carry it for him, but he won't let me. He's very careful, is Frodo.

It's such a small thing, this ring. So ordinary. If anyone had seen it, they would have picked it up, and thought it was just another ring. There an awful lot of rings in the world. I know- I've looked at hundreds in the Shire alone. None have this terrible aura that the One Ring has. None show up with curly script if they get dropped in a fire. Mr. Gandalf told us what the script meant.

One Ring to Rule them all, one Ring to find them/One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

So there are other rings. Mr. Elrond, in Rivendell, told me that there are other Rings of Power. There was a poem about them- let's see if I can remember it. It sounded like an Elf wrote it. Probably did. Anyways, I think it started off with a description of what races get how many Rings.

Three Rings for the Elven kings, under the skySeven for the dwarf lords, in their halls of stoneNine for mortal men, doomed to die.

Notice how no one mentions hobbits in this thing. Wonder whose idea that was. We are a peaceful people, though. A Ring of Power, like Mr. Elrond talked about, would probably have just been confusing for a hobbit. Sure am glad I never had that choice. I'm a gardener! …where was I? …doomed to die…Now I can go on. There was a line about a Dark Lord.

One for the dark lord on his dark throne

Wasn't there a line about where he was? In…something like' Mordor'…

In Mordor, where the shadow's lie

Then came the inscription on the ring itself-

One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find themOne Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

Then it repeated a line, didn't it? …in, in something. What line was that? Oh yeah.

In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie

A beautiful poem- I normally can't remember poetry very easily, but I remembered that one. Maybe it's because…oh, I don't know. Elves are so much more sophisticated than a simple hobbit like myself!

What's that? Oh, it's Gollum. Evil, sneaking beast that he is. I tried to tell Frodo we'd be better off without him, but he won't get rid of him. That creature scares the daylights out of me, and that's the honest truth. I'm always watching him, trying to keep him clear of Frodo. He calls the Ring his 'Precious', which I can't understand. Hey- before Gandalf caught me listening outside the window of Bag End, my biggest problem was how to tell Rosie I love her. Gandalf…

That wizard creeps me out, and no bones about it. I heard stories about him, turning folk into frogs and such. Folk like him have no business in the Shire! Except we aren't in the Shire anymore. We're on our way to Mount Doom, to destroy the One Ring.

"Don't you leave him, SamwiseGamgee."

I whispered that out loud, too. And I don't meant to. No sir, I don't mean to.

It's odd. Before Mr. Gandalf told me that, I was mostly just Frodo's gardener. We were kinda friends, at the very least, we were drinking partners. The Green Dragon was our favourite pub. Best in all of Hobbiton. I can't wait to get back to it…with Frodo in tow. We knew each other, but I wasn't exactly loyal to Frodo, and Frodo alone. But ever since Mr. Gandalf told me not to leave him, I been frantic every time he leaves my sight. It's kinda weird…and more than a little spooky. I know that I'd fight to the death to keep Frodo safe.

I just realized something. Out loud, I still call him Mr. Frodo, as is proper. But in my mind, in the place where my thoughts are my own, I call him by just his first name- Frodo. Don't know when that started to happen. Probably around the same time we took off on this quest. Lots of things are different because of this quest. I don't know if things will ever go back to normal. And, I don't think I really want them to. No, not really.

Don't you leave 'imSamwiseGamgee And I don't mean to. I don't mean to.