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The names of nine fellows are concealed in this peculiar verse. Find the names and provide your exegesis.

An apple for Charlemagne,
one that takes great steps,
returning in Skyrim or Oblivion,
and flag unfurled.

Dave's mentor, venerable sage,
in high spirits!
That way the celebration.

Most of sweet lime drink coming to me;
go sell a pretzel??


This is my first puzzle here. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please share!

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Prem has the solution:

The "obscure fellows" are the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

I think some of the explanations are not quite right, however. The lines of the riddle are cryptic clues.

An apple for Charlemagne,

PIPPIN: double definition; one of several types of apple and the eldest son of Charlemagne. ✻

one that takes great steps,

STRIDER: simple definition. Strider is Aragorn's nickname, used on his first encounter with the Hobbits

returning in Skyrim or Oblivion,

BOROMIR: hidden backwards in skyRIM OR OBlivion.

and flag unfurled.

GANDALF: anagram ("unfurled") of AND FLAG. ✻

Dave's mentor, venerable sage,

SAMWISE: SAM (or Samuel, who is King David's mentor in the Old Testament) plus WISE (venerable sage). I didn't get the OT reference, so many thanks to dennisdeems for the explanation in the coments below. ✻

in high spirits!

MERRY: simple definition. ✻

That way the celebration.

FRODO: "To and FRO" is this way and that way and a DO is a party. (✻)

Most of sweet lime drink coming to me;

GIMLI: Most of GIMLet (sweet lime drink) plus I (me). ✻

go sell a pretzel??

LEGOLAS: Anagram ("pretzel") of GO SELL A.

The answers marked with ✻ have already been given by Prem, although not necessarily with the same or full explanation.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! The only clue you didn't explain completely was for Samwise: in the bible, Samuel is David's mentor. $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 10 '15 at 12:00
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I didn't make the connection from Sam and Dave to Samuel and King David. (Sam and Dave are bad google terms. And the OT is admittedly not my forte.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jul 10 '15 at 12:15
  • $\begingroup$ Nor mine; I think I got most of my biblical knowledge from singing in school choir. :) $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 10 '15 at 12:18
  • $\begingroup$ Yaaaaaay a cryptic crossword convert! Welcome @dennisdeems :D $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Jul 10 '15 at 13:39
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Short answer :

http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Fellowship_of_the_Ring
9 MEMBERS

Details :

"AND FLAG" anagram for GANDALF
"HIGH SPIRITS" = MERRY
"APPLE" = PIPPIN
"great steps" = Legolas
"venerable sage" = SamWise Gamgee
"returning" because he was gone, err Aragone, err Aragorn
"sweet lime drink" is gimlet "cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice" so Gimli
"pretzel" + http://www.boromir.ro/en/shop/pretzels-8 = Boromir
"celebration" + https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobbit_Day = Frodo

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    $\begingroup$ I agree with your overall answer, but I think you haven't got all the clues right. For example, the one "returning in Skyrim or Oblivion" is Boromir. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jul 10 '15 at 9:56
  • $\begingroup$ Wouldn't Great Steps be Aragorn (aka Strider) too? $\endgroup$ – Jupotter Jul 10 '15 at 10:26
  • $\begingroup$ Upvoted, but you missed some. $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 10 '15 at 11:56
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I'm not sure about my logic, so I'll take a stab before getting in entirely to solve this...

Is the first fellow

Charles Appleton

Charles is a fellow of England's Oxford University, which sort of connects with the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ @dennisdeems: Could this be the right connect? $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 10 '15 at 3:43

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