Well I never! I have only gone and won three beautiful new horses, garments to match, a beautiful pocket stone and maps to some very interesting areas within Middle Earth. It is true that, being a burglar by profession, I am often subject to moments of gambling, but I have never been the luckiest of hobbits. Infact most of my life has been one of outright failure where competition is concerned!
The nearest I ever came to victory previously was when I won second place in Farmer Maggot’s “strangest shaped mushroom” contest some years back. I was pretty sure that I had grown the strangest looking fungae that had ever grown in the Shire, but I completely underestimated the effort from one of those young Bracegirdle lasses from Hardbottle. I guess that hers was at least edible!
Anyway, all that is now a thing of the past. I have a good mind to hop on one of my new horses, maybe this nice Westfold one, and start to make my way towards Dunland and beyond. It will of course mean that I am unable to make my usual annual journey in Frodo’s footsteps, but from what I can gather my most dear wife Pashanor was spotted pacing up and down Bagshot Row with a very scary looking scowl on her face, so that was probably going to be a non-starter anyway this year. Besides, I have promised myself that I will spend this year’s fall in the shire, as I always miss that festival.
Here’s hoping that my luck continues!
(Pashbo would like to thank the Casual Stroll to Mordor team – http://www.casualstrolltomordor.com/ for the Rise of Isengard Legendary Edition that he won. Good luck with the Fellowships Walk for Childs Play 2011 – http://www.casualstrolltomordor.com/2011/09/donate-to-the-fellowship-walk-and-win/ )