( The letter - a reply written on a plain but hardy parchment - is received in a bundle containing other letters to other recipients, carried by the same courier hawk that had come to her with a letter only hours before she had sent it off again. )
To Hawk in Rivendell:
Words cannot express how happy I was to get your letter here in Buckland! It's a good thing your bird here - I'll admit that I laughed when I saw it was a hawk! - caught me just as I was getting ready to leave and cross the Brandywine to go into Tookland. Smart, quick, and beautiful to look at; just like you.
I wish I could properly express just how wonderful it is to be back on the road again. Despite things I heard back in Bree-town about brigands and road bandits, my trip has been rather peaceful so far. I decided to skip staying at the inn this time in favor of this nice little ruin I found on the banks of the river. I'm certain the innkeeper here is as relieved about not having to host me as I am about not sleeping in such a small bed! In Tookland, I think I will do the same. There are some great big trees there that might provide some good cover should there be some spring rain. I cannot wait to see all the wildflowers in bloom in the Shire!
I am glad to hear that Xan, Miss Mae, and Eduwiges are all well. Miss Cyndwin too, though I never had the pleasure of getting to meet her! I hope I will in the future. I want to see the person that Xan speaks so highly of.
I confess that I had myself a giggle when I read what you wrote of this strange elf lass. Perhaps she stares at you because you're so good looking? But, from the way you worded it, I assume that isn't the case. Some elvish folk I've met are perfectly normal and others are a touch strange. Not that that is a bad thing. Strangeness can be fun.
I should stop writing here in case I make this hawk impatient! Apparently, I can talk on and on even in a letter.
But a few quick words! You have my love and you have my well-wishes! I hope that your own adventure suits you well and that, when we meet again, I can hear what you've learned of playing the harp!
P.S. If you could please deliver these other letters I've included to Xan and Miss Mae, I'd be grateful!
P.S.S. Yes, I apologized to the bird thrice for taking up so much of it's time!