"There is unrest in the forest..."
The orphan adventurers resume their quest to find Tom Bombadil.
Hot on their trail, are Orcs and Goblins, who are determined to capture the kids.
The kids are forced to travel without rest for hours, lest the Greenskins catch up to them.
They leave behind the haunted hills of the Barrow Downs and enter the Old Forest.
They trudge through the woods, tired and thirsty.
The thirsty kids are glad to find some water.
The willow tree sways from side to side. Strangely, there is no wind...
Tommy: I never thought I would be so happy to find a pond.
Katie: Wait! Remember that strange man that travelled around with Aragorn? What was his name? He carried around something he called a "boom stick"
Liam: Oh his name was Ash! He is the Chosen One of the Prophecy! His destiny is to battle the Deadites and their Night King. Winter may be coming... but Sigmar has a Hammer of Fire to melt it!
Katie: Ok... um... anyway, remember what Ash told us about trees? He said sometimes they were alive and that we should be careful around them.
Tommy: Better safe than sorry, then... There's got to be another pond somewhere ahead.
Agnes: Mr Toonces! NOOoooo... stay away from the tree!
The tree spins around and tries to grab the hasty feline with its branches.
Tommy charges forward and cuts the cat free from certain doom.
Agnes: Whew! Thanks Tommy. (picks up the cat) Well, good thing you got nine lives, Mr Toonces.
Agnes: Lets rest here, its pretty.
Tommy: Uhh... sure, why not. The water looks clean at least. And there are no creepy willow trees around it.
Max dunks his whole head in.
The entire party is restored to full health.
Liam: You guys are lucky. You dont have to wear this incredibly heavy solid plate metal armor. At least this new magic shield is light as a feather! I bet even Dragon's fire wouldnt harm it.
Max: I hope one of them shows up! I want to try out my new Gauntlets of Ogre Power. I think Im stronger than most grown ups now! (lifts up a boulder) See this!?
Katie: Put the boulder down, Max. And lets have a picnic, everyone help set up camp!
Max: So where is this Tom Bombadillo guy anyway?
A voice: Tom Bombadil is his name!
Two voices: (in unison) Welcome to Goldberry's Pond!
The kids stand up quickly, startled by the voices.
And a weird looking black and white bird comes waddling out of the shrubs.
But can they help fight the goblins that are chasing the children?
Snowdrop: More goblins!?!? Ya hear that Blueberry? They brought more goblins with them!
Blueberry: (to the kids) Oh dont mind Snowdrop, she is upset because most of her animal friends were eaten a few days ago when a goblin horde led by a giant spider passed through here.
Snowdrop: Of course Im upset! You know Tom and Goldy are gonna be super pissed when they get back from vacay!
Katie: We are really sorry! We didnt mean to add more trouble to your nice forest.
Blueberry: Well, there is no sense worrying about that now. There is trouble and now we gotta deal with it. Where are the Jackalopes?
Jackalopes squeak and salute the fairy dragon, and faster than the kids
could blink, the rabbits disappear through the undergrowth, leaving a
trail of leaves behind them.
Agnes: Wow, they sure are fast little critters! Id like to have a couple of them someday.
Agnes: Hmm. I will definitely keep my eye on those critters then. Make sure they dont get "ex stink".
Tommy: Dont worry, we will help to defend the forest and the creatures in it!
They are ready to defend the forest... to the death!
These little critters are tired of being push overs for the Gobbos.
Tired of being snacks for the Greenskins.
The approaching Gobbos are hunter type goblins with bows!
The animals begin panicking, even the fairy dragon is hyperventilating.
Blueberry: Bows are an animal's worst enemy! Even if we fly fast, their arrows can still bring us down!
Tommy: All right everyone! We have to work together. We will stop them right here and defend the forest! They cant use their arrows if we get right in their faces. So we have to attack them in close combat as quickly as possible. So here is what we are going to do...
Next post: The Battle Of Goldberry's Pond