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Middle-earth Menu: “Maggot’s Mighty Bacon Mushroom Dish”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Now we come to Bamfurlong, which belongs to Famer Maggot and his family. The farm is guarded by some vicious canines named Grip, Fang, and Wolf. Here, the hobbits are treated to a bustling dinner for fourteen. Tolkien writes, “a generous supper was laid on the large table. […] There was beer in plenty, and a ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Brandy Hall Beef Stew”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar After his parents died and before being formally adopted by Bilbo, Frodo Baggins temporarily lived in the spacious home owned by the Brandybuck family. Brandy Hall was a large smial (which is Tolkien’s word for a large residential tunnel, where rather wealthy hobbits would live—Bilbo’s home Bag-End was also a smial) located beneath Buck Hill ...

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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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Middle-Earth Menu: “Belladonna Took’s Lovely Lemon Cake”

“Belladonna Took’s Lovely Lemon Cake” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar We’re going to skip over Bombur’s two requests for the moment and honor the dwarves who are asking for “more cakes—and ale—and coffee, if you don’t mind.” In my original cookbook, I envisioned this lovely lemon cake as a recipe handed down from Bilbo‘s mother, hence the name. I have pictured ...

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Tolkien’s Magical Inventory

The mystical athelas herb, along with the talking troll purse, virtue-imbued staffs, enchanted barrow swords, and spiritually-infused lembas, are all unique examples of Tolkien’s wild creative genius.

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John D. Rateliffe’s “A Brief History of the Hobbit” is Published

Tolkien Scholar John D. Rateliffe‘s “A Brief History of the Hobbit” is now available in the UK! From the publisher: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a tale that “grew in the telling”, and many character and story threads present in the published book were completely different when Tolkien first read the story to his young sons as part of their ...

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New Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Trailer Shows Off Nemesis System

Today, Monolith and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a trailer for their hit game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The trailer displays the games revolutionary and innovative “Nemesis” system, as seen through the eyes of the Uruk captains Talion is tasked to take out. Also announced today via a press release, players now have the opportunity to participate in the Middle-earth: Shadow of ...

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Hobbit Day: A Long-Expected Party

A Long-Expected Party by Joe Gilronan When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. He walked briskly back to his hole, and stood for a moment listening with a smile. A Long-Expected Party by J.R.R. Tolkien The ...

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Tolkien Cooking: Bert the Troll’s Kabobs (a.k.a. Mutton and Gravy)

Tolkien Cooking: Bert the Troll’s Kabobs (a.k.a. Mutton and Gravy) by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Before we continue, you still have time to participate in the Quest to Find Tauriel Something to Eat! Please check it out and comment HERE! Or on FACEBOOK!     So anyway, the ultimate enemy in The Hobbit is a vicious and clever dragon named Smaug, ...

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