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Shire Songbook  by Lindelea

To the Curator, Mathom House, Michel Delving


Whilst Spring Cleaning I have come across this dusty manuscript, evidently compiled by several generations of Tooks. Indeed, on several of the older leafs I have clearly distinguished the scrawl of Thain Peregrin I; his handwriting, as you know, is distinctive in its illegibility. However, his son Thain Faramir evidently took a hand in deciphering his father's work, for his script is evident on each of these pages, clarifying where needed.

There is another hand in evidence, perhaps that of the grandfather of the current Thain, though I have not yet finished my analysis and can offer only an educated guess at its owner.

In any event, I thought you might find this of interest.

I remain your humble servant,



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