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Middle-earth Menu: “Mushroom Trenchers”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar You can bet a character like Frodo Baggins would be well versed in simmering some freshly picked mushrooms in a gorgeous, savory, brown gravy—it is the perfect accompaniment to a steak or a thick slice of buttered bread. In Medieval times, your plate just might be a stale piece of bread (and would now be called ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Buckland Steaks”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our next mushroom-heavy recipe is bound to a favorite on the enormous Buckland table. As shown in the photo, your best choices for dinner sides are mashed potatoes and some sort of green vegetable, such as peas. Beer is optional; pretty much any beverage will go well with this comforting meal. You know, my favorite hobbit ...

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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: “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: “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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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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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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Middle-Earth Menu: “Glóin’s Roast Beef Toasties”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Glóin’s Roast Beef Toasties” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Glóin is most well known for being the father of Gimli, an illustrious member of the Fellowship. He also resided in Erebor, where he became quite wealthy. Later on, he participated in the Council of Elrond. In The Hobbit, he wears a white hood and plays no instrument. Perhaps he ...

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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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