On the Job Learning by Dreamflower

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Merry's new nursemaid must learn that her job is more than just taking care of the baby. Sometimes it's letting someone else do that job. (A young!Frodo and wee!Merry fic written for the January 2017 Potluck Challenge.)


Story Notes:

Rating: G
Theme: January Potluck Challenge
Prompt: "Frodo was 12 when Sam was born, 14 when Merry was born, and 22 when Pippin was born. I'd love to read a story where he's interacting with one of his baby cousins (or Sam)".
Author's Notes: This story has an OC of mine, Merry's nursemaid, who has appeared in several of my other stories. It's not necessary to have read them to understand this story. In fact, chronologically speaking, this will become her first appearance.
Hobbit ages-I go by the fanon two-thirds ratio, which means that at 14, Frodo is about the same physically and emotionally as an 8½ to 9 year old Man-child, and at nearly a year old, Merry is closer to our idea of 8 months old. I have arbitrarily given Merry the birthday of Feb. 14 (or Solmath 14 in the Shire Calendar) because I felt the date symbolically suited my idea of his personality as a rather gallant and romantic hobbit.
At this point in time in canon, the Master and Mistress of Brandy Hall are Merry's grandfather and grandmother, Rorimac and Menegilda. I have given Saradoc the title of Son of the Hall, and Esmeralda is referred to as "the young Mistress".
Summary: Merry's new nursemaid must learn that her job is more than just taking care of the baby. Sometimes it's letting someone else do that job.
Word Count: 3,432


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1. On the Job Learning by Dreamflower [Reviews - 0] (3287 words)

Theme: January Potluck Challenge
Prompt: "Frodo was 12 when Sam was born, 14 when Merry was born, and 22 when Pippin was born. I'd love to read a story where he's interacting with one of his baby cousins (or Sam)".
Author's Notes: This story has an OC of mine, Merry's nursemaid, who has appeared in several of my other stories. It's not necessary to have read them to understand this story. In fact, chronologically speaking, this will become her first appearance.
Hobbit ages-I go by the fanon two-thirds ratio, which means that at 14, Frodo is about the same physically and emotionally as an 8½ to 9 year old Man-child, and at nearly a year old, Merry is closer to our idea of 8 months old. I have arbitrarily given Merry the birthday of Feb. 14 (or Solmath 14 in the Shire Calendar) because I felt the date symbolically suited my idea of his personality as a rather gallant and romantic hobbit.
At this point in time in canon, the Master and Mistress of Brandy Hall are Merry's grandfather and grandmother, Rorimac and Menegilda. I have given Saradoc the title of Son of the Hall, and Esmeralda is referred to as "the young Mistress".
Summary: Merry's new nursemaid must learn that her job is more than just taking care of the baby. Sometimes it's letting someone else do that job.
Word Count: 3,432


Story Information

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Frodo, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Esmeralda (Took), Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master)
Genres: Childhood, Family, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Short story
Places: The Shire
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: 2017 January Challenge: Potluck
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3287    |    Read Count: 157
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/24/17    |    Published: 01/24/17