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Middle-earth Menu: “Drogo’s Favorite Chicken”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar This is named for Frodo’s father, Drogo Baggins. He and his wife, Miss Primula Brandybuck, are the subject of some gossip early in The Lord of the Rings, where a few hobbits are trading stories at The Ivy Bush about Frodo’s background and how he eventually came to live with Bilbo. Apparently, Drogo’s father-in-law kept ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Bullroarer Took’s Pickled Cauliflower”

I am naming this for Bilbo’s legendary ancestor who was apparently so big (for a hobbit) he could actually ride a horse. Bullroarer Took was known for attacking some goblins during a particular battle and “knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and ...

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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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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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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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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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