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Middle-earth Menu: “The Ivy Bush Eleventy-First Birthday Cake”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar To finish a grand party like this one, you need a show-stopping cake. Bilbo would have this specially made at The Ivy Bush, a small inn frequented by Sam’s father, the Gaffer. Make this impressive cake the night before you want to serve it. “The Ivy Bush Eleventy-First Birthday Cake” 1½ pounds fresh strawberries 8 ounces ...

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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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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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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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Heroic Tales and Hobbits

Heroic Tales and Hobbits by Clint Stevens In the first essay of Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye presents five levels of representation found in literature: 1. The Hero is a divine being. His tale is what we call a myth. 2. The Hero is superhuman: “prodigies of courage and endurance, unnatural to us, are natural to him.” Typically this hero ...

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Tolkien Cooking: Mr. Bungo Baggins’ Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad

“Mr. Bungo Baggins’s Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar As promised, here is a healthy salad for Bombur. A nice short post this time, with relatively few ingredients—perfect for summertime! I’m imagining that Bilbo’s father liked to dabble in gardening and specialized in salad creations, so I’m naming this for him. Bungo built Bag-End ...

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"Bag-End Biscuits": A Hobbit’s Recipe

“Bag-End Biscuits”: A Hobbit’s Recipe by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m going to picture one of our favorite hobbits, Mr. Bilbo Baggins, reading his “morning letters.” He’s about to enjoy his day (his less noisy and more green day) when this incredibly annoying wizard intrudes, whose only mission seems to be destroying Bilbo’s cozy, complacent world. After this encounter, I imagine ...

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Cool Like Bombadillo

J.R.R. Tolkien’s character of Tom Bombadil was based on one of the author’s beloved childhood toys—a doll that accidentally got flushed down a toilet. Many Tolkien aficionados wish that the enigmatic inhabitant of the Old Forest had stayed in that loo, never to resurface in Tolkien’s subconscious.

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From the Shire to Your Plate: "Hild's Mushroom Bacon Dish of Might"

Hild’s Mushroom Bacon Dish of Might by Astrid Winegar Tolkien fans will recognize this as the “Mighty Bacon Mushroom Dish” served by Farmer Maggot to the four hobbits. This is the ultimate comfort-food dish and would win a Top Chef challenge, if there ever were such a contest to invent the perfect hobbit dish…you never know; it could happen! Hild’s ...

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Feast Week, Day 8 – The Prancing Pony

After the Hobbits harrowing escape from the Shire, they finally arrive at the famous Prancing Pony where they are to meet Gandalf the Grey to continue their adventure… but first, some warm food! “They were washed and in the middle of good deep mugs of beer when Mr Butterbur and Nob came in again. In a twinkling the table was ...

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