Middle-earth Meets the Manger
They're taking the presents to Bethlehem!
[a manger in BETHLEHEM. MARY and JOSEPH stand above the CHRIST CHILD, who is in a MANGER. A ragtag group is gathered around them, with the WISE MEN1 at their head]
CASPAR: Along with my fellow wise men, Melchior and Balthasar, I have brought a gift for the baby. I give gold, a gift worthy of a king!
MELCHIOR: My gift is Frankincense, a symbol of deity for this most special child.
BALTHASAR: I bring myrrh, for use in burial.
MARY: Thank you for these…most interesting gifts. Love that you skipped over practical gifts like diapers or onesies and went all out on the symbolism… I see that we have more gifts? What do you three bring?
ARAGORN: You have my sword.
LEGOLAS: And my bow.
GIMLI: And my AXE!
FATHER CHRISTMAS: I just got back from Narnia and hear we’re giving children swords and bows? I’d love to get in on that!
JOSEPH: No thank you, we already have plenty *glares at Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli*
GANDALF: Drums… drums in the deep…
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY: *stops drumming* sorry about that
TOM BOMBADIL: Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
FATHER CHRISTMAS [to GANDALF]: Who is that guy?
GANDALF: Bombadil? No one is quite sure…
JOSEPH: Some Silent Night this is! Mary, did you know—
MERRY: Did I know what?
JOSEPH: No, Mary, M-A-R-Y did you know?
MARY: About all this? No way
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Yes, I know that they most certainly weren’t there that first night along with the shepherds. But, as you’ll see, this is hardly the least accurate part of this nativity scene