Oh dear by Himring

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Story Notes:

Not tagged for character or place because that would give too many clues away

Author's Chapter Notes:

The solution to the riddle is given in the end notes.

Not a bit like storks,
no, I mean forks,
no, I mean: not like forks
or corks
or dorks
or orcs
or even auks
or hawks, really,
at all.

Chapter End Notes:

From the chapter "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire" in The Hobbit:

...and he found himself saying aloud: 'Now I know what a piece of bacon feels like when it is suddenly picked out of the pan on a fork and put back on the shelf!'
'No you don't!' he heard Dori answering, 'because the bacon knows that it will get back in the pan sooner or later. and it is to be hoped we shan't. Also eagles aren't forks!'
'O no! Not a bit like storks--forks, I mean,' said Bilbo sitting up and looking anxiously at the eagle who was perched close by.

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