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Middle-earth Menu: “Good Harvest Pumpkin Soup”

This party is such a large event, you’d need various courses to keep the dining momentum going. Today, I offer you a zesty vegetarian first course with enough curry flavor to knock your hobbity socks off. I’ll move to dinner items and complete the party with a cake. Now, if you happen to hate pumpkin, an excellent variation is to ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Blancmange Puffs”

This birthday party is a huge event to celebrate Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthdays—they are 111 and 33, respectively. To be authentic to the book, you would hold this party on September 22. I’m not sure Tolkien tells us exactly how many people actually end up attending this event (hundreds, no doubt), but at the “special family dinner-party” twelve dozen, or ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Springle-ring Punch”

Well, we are back to Middle-earth (and occasionally Narnia) now, after a busy vacation. Nothing makes you pine for home more than being on a long trip, especially one that spans the universe. The second half of my original cookbook was all about events in The Lord of the Rings, so I’ll continue there with more hobbit dishes, as well ...

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Lord of the Rings: The Mythology Explained

From the creators, CGP Grey, comes these videos that may help the “non-Scholar” in understanding the vast world that JRR Tolkien created. Let us know what you think? The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained The One Ring Explained

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The Lonely Mountain Band Releases, “Stand by the Grey Stone”

Lonely Mountain Band have released a new single entitled, “Stand by the Grey Stone”, inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new song, recorded & released approximately around Durin’s Day, 2015, blends LMB’s signature “folk fantasy” style with a classic folk rock sound. The story of the song revolves around a minstrel reflecting on some of the elements and ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Chicken Salad Cups for Gandalf”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Chicken Salad Cups for Gandalf” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I have a feeling you all know tons of juicy tidbits about Gandalf, so I won’t bother to mention anything about him. In The Hobbit, the “bewildered and bewuthered” Bilbo suspects that Gandalf “Seems to know as much about the inside of my larders as I do myself!” Undoubtedly. ...

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Fandom: An Awesome Collection of Shows

Fandom: An Awesome Collection of Shows by Diane Riggins Fandoms in general are great to be part of. As a fan you meet and become friends with people you might not otherwise meet. There are many fandoms and each are great in their own ways. The two that are going to be discussed here are The Lord of The Rings ...

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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: Family Matters

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: Family Matters by Diane Riggins One of the things that is great about The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings are the family trees. There are many family trees that could be discussed. Two of trees that are fascinating are the Baggins and Durin family trees. An interesting bit about Bilbo ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Dwalin’s Ham Tart”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Dwalin’s Ham Tart” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our final dwarf wore a green hood and played the viol. Dwalin is another character who is relatively non-fleshed-out, though he apparently settled in Erebor (or the Lonely Mountain) after all was said and done. He is also Balin’s brother. Besides confusticating and bebothering Bilbo Baggins, not much else is known ...

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Feminine Leadership in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Some of Tolkien’s critics have chided him for having “conventional” females in his trilogy. For example, “Why aren’t there more females in Middle Earth?” or “Why are all of the women so virginal and viewed through a soft, fuzzy lens?” First off, we must remember that Tolkien was a student of early literature, literature which reflects women as more “conventional”. ...

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