The One Ring: Fellowship of the New Alliance
Sickle of the Full Moon
The History of The Sickle of the Full Moon
When the first Men moved north and swore allegiance to Beorn, their lord claimed to be a simple farmer and beekeeper. But his subjects soon noticed that whatever fields that he harvested with his own sickle did not need to lie fallow for long and were always bountiful.
When pressed on the matter, Beorn showed his new thanes his sickle, an heirloom of times long ago. They called it the Sickle of the Full Moon, for its shape and engravings, but also because it seemed a field harvested by the sickle needed only a month to recover before it
could be seeded again. His thanes wished aloud that they might have such a magical tool to help with their holdings.
To forestall jealousy, Beorn made an announcement. He would present the Sickle to one of his subjects, who would hold it for the year and then return it before Beorn harvested his own crops in late Autumn. Then it would go to a new family. But to whom should it go? His thanes proposed a series of contests, with the artefact given to one of the winners.
Over the years, this tradition has been incorporated into the annual Beorning harvest festival, and many try for a chance atthe Sickle. Some families even sponsor one
or more visitors to compete on their behalf.
The winner from the previous year is the Marshall of the Festival; it is now his (or her) job
to pick a new holder of the Sickle from one of those who won one of the Trials.
At first, the winner and current Marshall would present themselves to Beorn in his hall. ln later years, the return of the Sickle to Beorn is symbolic, the lord comes at the
end of the Festival, cuts a single hank of grain and then presents the artefact to the