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Middle-earth Menu: “The Gaffer’s Potentially Pungent Potatoes”

  I like to picture Sam’s father, Hamfast Gamgee (otherwise known as “the Gaffer” or “Old Gamgee”), holding court at The Ivy Bush and challenging his fellow hobbits to make some good old mashed potatoes as pungent as possible. The Gaffer would most likely have the upper hand, being an accomplished gardener, of course. He’d know where the tastiest Shire ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Roasted Asparagus with Mustard Sauce”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Hobbits probably grow asparagus all over the Shire and pluck them right out of the ground as a crunchy, healthy snack! Be sure to get lovely, thick asparagus stalks for this roasted recipe; skip the sauce and change your oil flavor for variety. Please follow this link to my blog for the Savory Seasoning recipe! ...

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High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth

Just in time to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day, Oloris Publishing has announced the pre-sale of High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth by Dr. Timothy R. Furnish, PH.D. From Oloris Publishing: “Dr. Timothy R. Furnish applies Primary World analysis—political, cultural, social, and economic— to Middle-earth’s 7,000 years of recorded history in this richly illustrated volume, High Towers and ...

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Tolkien Reading Day

Every March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day! As described on the Tolkien Society Website: “It has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums, and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events.” Some fans gather ...

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Visit Middle-earth with Peter Hollens

It’s usually impossible for me to recapture the vivid feelings of memorable past experiences. I had a very unexpected experience this week when listening to Peter Hollens’ new album, Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired by The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, in which I felt transported back to those exciting days when Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Sweet & Savory Pork Roast”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar This Sweet & Savory Pork Roast recipe is the main entrée for the birthday party. I plan a detour to Narnia next, then I’ll continue with three side dishes. I’ll finish our Hobbitish celebration with a fantastical cake, of course! I love the combination of pork and apples and I hope you will, too. Pairing various ...

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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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A Brave New Epic for a Brave New World

A Brave New Epic for a Brave New World Or, the Origins of a Mythology By John C. Evans Four or five children sit around a burning hearth. Their faces are obscured by shadow. But I know them all. My little shoulders twitch as I peer coolly out the window. There is mist on the hills, and I can see ...

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