By Hollis Taylor
Growing up in the land of Longbottom has inspired many Hobbit adventurers. The view from the tall peaks of the Rocky Mountains inspired many Longbottoms and other Hobbits to go on epic adventures—unlike many Hobbit cousins from the Shire. Some believed adventuring was in their blood while others believe—they were a different breed of Hobbit.
Tobi Longbottom was inspired by Uncle Tobi, also known as (aka) Old Tobi. In fact, Tobi was named after Old Tobi. Tobi Longbottom would be inspired every time Old Tobi would visit their childhood home. Tobi would feel inspired to travel by the stories of his exciting adventures. The land of Longbottom had a train going straight through it—because of the heavy trade of Longbottom Leaf grown in the area. A busy part of the mountains filled with many Hobbits and many other creatures that have felt a call to these mountains. No one really understands the call that so many have heard but the call seems to be clear about who shall stay. Tobi’s home in Longbottom is beneath a tall tall pine tree that is often a Dryad, Starr Pine. Dryad’s are interesting creatures, they are tree spirits that can transform into anything they intend in any given moment. They must reconnect to the tree language to stay healthy. This Dryad was called to Longbottom because of their newest connections to pine trees. Starr Pine lived in balance with Tobi, providing shade just on top of his Hobbit home. The entrance to the home in Longbottom was like a door in the hill—just beneath the large Pine Tree form manifested by Starr Pine. It was a very special Pine Tree and allowed Starr to stay connected to the tree language. The Hobbit lived below their roots while the Bright Hawk built a nest high in Starr’s branches. The Hobbit, Bright Hawk and Starr lived in harmony—bringing forward each creatures biggest strengths this connection was in benefit to each creature—supporting and sustaining each.
The young Tobi grew up listening to Old Tobi’s stories and wisdom about traveling and adventures. When Tobi would get excited about the day he would adventure to far off lands, Old Tobi would reassure the young hobbit, “Don’t worry youngin’, your day will come, and when it does you will be ready to travel and adventure till your hearts content.” The young Hobbit grew up yearning for adventures but staying focused on learning as many skills as possible. Old Tobi taught the belief that young Hobbits needed to learn everything their hearts were called to as a form of preparation for their fate to adventure. Tobi stayed focused on learning gardening, herbal medicine mixing, wild crafting, outdoor survival, camping skills, plant identification, cooking, baking, scouting, and wildlife. Tobi had also gained experience talking to faeries and especially communicating with their favorite Dryad, Starr Pine. Dryads are peaceful creatures that transform and shape-shift into many manifestations and are also known for being touch healers. Dryads are shy creatures with a love for all of nature. When an animal chooses to live in a tree as its home, it is a dryad. Starr Pine and Tobi were friends for a long time. The Bright Hawk that lived in the branches of Starr Pine found Tobi to be trustworthy, noble, and honest and the Dryad generated healing energy for the bird to nest in. The Three lived together in a large Tree home, provided by Starr Pine, deep in the forest in the land of Longbottom.
The land of Longbottom was home, at least temporarily, to many characters on the verge of big adventures, and Tobi was sure to listen to all their adventures in order to learn as much as possible. One of Tobi’s favorite new adventurers was the Androgynous Peaceful Warrior, Burdock, who recently shared stories of adventure across the land and now felt the call to the mountains. The Longbottom mountains had a way of drawing or attracting certain characters — Burdock was not really sure what the call was for but was excited to be present. Burdock had spent the last couple of months soaking in the peaceful and healing magick of the Longbottom mountains, praying each day in hopes that the rest of their quest, in the perfect time would become clear.
Soon Burdock was sensing that their next quest was going to be long and intense—it would be the beginning of Burdock’s work in the world—to support the evolution of community cooperation and world peace. When Burdock first met the Hobbit Tobi Longbottom there was a knowing that soon they would soon travel together and it became more and more clear as Tobi and Burdock became friends. Burdock began to see and understand more about the adventures they were about to take and decided to begin to form their party. Burdock wasn’t sure how it would work to only ask the Hobbit to come along—deciding the Divine probably knew better, summoned their trust and decided to take the first step, even without the knowledge of all the pieces.
Back at the tree home, Burdock approaches Tobi and says, “So with these visions you understand what we must do? I am sensitive to your connections to Starr Pine and the Bright Hawk and understand if you turn down my invitation to journey together. “
Tobi’s heart raced and immediately found themselves overwhelmed with excitement, keeping Tobi tongue-tied and incapable of manifesting words on the outside. Eventually, after a long silence and racing excitement inside Tobi’s head were they able to answer coherently.
“I been waiting for this moment my entire life! Are you nuts? I am not turning this down! Im excited to adventure with you and I bet that both Starr Pine and Bright Hawk are willing to come along. Could be helpful to have the healer and the bard along. Do you have the other party members figured out? How are we traveling? Where do we begin? How about food? I will volunteer to take care of the food for the whole party! I love food!” The Hobbit smiles real big and begins to move towards the fresh baked bread they had pulled out of the oven just moments before Burdock knocked on the door.
The room was round, with a basic kitchen, although EVERYTHING was made of wood, except for the stove, it was an iron wood burning stove and oven. There were pressed herbs in frames clearly labeled for identification purposes, as well as herbs hung from the ceiling. The pantry was full of raw ingredients for cooking projects for a month, and it was almost always kept at this level in case of a snow in. Hobbits LOVE snow ins, great time to bake all day long!
The kitchen has a hand painted sign that says, “Freshly Baked from the HEART” with a large red heart on it. It made Burdock smile the first time they saw it. A reminder of how pure of heart Hobbits are—especially kind about considering and including others. This Hobbit celebrated their big heart—a very good trait in a friend, companion, or partner. Burdock smiled realizing Spirit knew better then they had imagined and now— Burdock understood why they didn’t know how to answer the rest of the questions the Hobbit proposed about who else might come along. The one question Burdock struggled with the most, “How are we traveling?”
Burdock smiled and after a quiet pause began to explain their vision of things. Burdock agreed to let the Hobbit take care of the food, and then leaned in to the Hobbit over the table of tea and bread the Hobbit had brought out, staring deeply into the eyes of the Hobbit, whispering in a mysterious voice that mingled with fear and excitement in the tone of voice Burdock used, “I DO NOT know how we will travel but I had a dream of a white Pegasus, very mysterious. I don’t know anything else. Maybe you can help?”
Tobi leans back and stares into Burdock’s eyes, “Are you saying you have seen a Pegasus in your dream and we were traveling on it?”
Tobi’s heart is pounding with excitement from the feeling of Deja Vu! They had seen the same thing! A knowing rippled between them…