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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: “Frodo’s Favorite Mushrooms” 

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m pretty sure Frodo Baggins, like all hobbits, loves a broad spectrum of foods and drinks. However, he does admit a weakness for mushrooms. My original cookbook gathered 11 mushroom-centric recipes in one chapter entitled “Frodo’s Favorites.” But for Legendarium, I’ll break this up with a couple of Narnia recipes. After Frodo, Sam, and Pippin leave ...

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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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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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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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Royd Tolkien’s Promise: A Battle Against ALS

Royd Tolkien’s Promise: A Battle Against ALS by Diane Riggins As a fan of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit I love to read any news I come across concerning the books, movies, and the Tolkien family. The first time I saw Royd Tolkien was during an interview about The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies a ...

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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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