Today in Middle-Earth: Merry’s moved to honour King Theoden (March 6th, 3019 T.A.)
‘I have a sword,’ said Merry, climbing from his seat, and drawing from its black sheath his small bright blade. Filled suddenly with love for this old man, he knelt on one knee, and took his hand and kissed it. ‘May I lay the sword of Meriadoc of the Shire on your lap Theoden King?’ he cried. ‘Receive my service, if you will!’
’Gladly will I take it,’ said the king; and laying his long old hands upon the brown hair of the hobbit; he blessed him. ‘Rise now, Meriadoc, esquire of Rohan of the household of Meduseld!’ he said. ‘Take your sword and bear it unto good fortune!’
’As a father you shall be to me,’ said Merry.
’For a little while,’ said Theoden.