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Have you wrung all the fun you can out of your marathon viewings of Lord of the Rings Trilogy? The Middle-earth Foodie is here to tell you that you have definitely NOT — not yet! So prepare your guest list and fire up the stove for a “Gorge of the Rings” party — a marathon viewing in which you immerse yourself in the story by EATING ALONG with the movie!
We have been given an unexpected gift: A list of the foods shown in the movies and the timing of their arrival on the DVDs.
This list was submitted to The Middle-earth Foodie (to keep it safe, but not secret!) by Linda Holman of San Francisco. Linda created a buffet of foods shown in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, for a fellowship of twelve at a private home theater viewing. After searching the interwebs in vain for a list, she watched the entire Trilogy – extended editions – and recorded the foods depicted and the timing of their arrival in the films!
Her friends were so impressed that they encouraged Linda to post the list somewhere on the w-w-w. Which is how she found this blog. Linda concedes she may have missed something, and that she left out some things on purpose — like the raw fish that Gollum eats in Two Towers (so juicy SWEET!) or the earthworm from the opening minutes of Return of the King. She found them just “too yucky.” May I suggest we substitute Sushi and gummy worms? While Sushi is raw it is not wiggling — which is a GOOD thing, in my estimation. I have added a few links to Middle-earth Recipes that are not necessarily posted yet on Middle-earth Foodie. There are many fine possibilities there.
I recommend you add a SLEEP ALONG, and then an EPIC RUN ALONG to your Trilogy party. You must not be caught off guard by the cunning White Wizard or a band of Warg-riding Orcs because you are sleep deprived or too full to move!
All of you purists and nit-pickers are welcome to watch the movies again to find more examples to add to this list. Please do post them if you find them! Linda looked all over the Googlesphere and could not find exactly what she had in mind, so if you DO find a published list, please send us the links.
Who is up for creating the grocery list when “An Unexpected Journey” comes out on DVD?
This list is not perfect, I’ve almost certainly missed some things.
I only mention lembas the first time, although they eat it many times.
I also skipped Gollum eating raw fish of times. Yuk.Here is Linda’s easy Buffet menu, with timing: I’m not a great cook (at least I’m sort of lazy), and I also wanted to watch a good amount of the movies, so here’s what I served: I prepped a lot in advance or bought pre-made items from the store when possible. We tried to stick to this viewing schedule, with moderate success. Fellowship started promptly at 10 am, Two Towers at 2 pm, Return of the King at 6 pm. 9:30 Breakfast: Tea, rustic breads, muffins, jams, butter, bacon, various cheeses, fig & nut preserves 10:37 2nd Breakfast: Apples (passed around in theater room as Strider tosses them to the Hobbits) 1:00 Lembas: Shortbread cookies (passed around in theater when lembas is introduced) 1:30 Lunch: Beer, root beer, bratwurst & bockwurst sausages, mustard, mashed potatoes, broiled tomatoes, carrots, pickles, barley vegetable soup 5:30 Dinner: Beer, wine, ham, chicken drumsticks (smoked turkey legs would also be great), roasted squash & cauliflower, wedge salad w/ apples & bleu cheese, date nut log, bread/rolls, cheeses 6:10 Drinking: Beer and more beer (passed around in theater) 9:35 Dessert: Pumpkin pie with whipped cream (passed around in theater while endings go on and on)
“And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them).” — The Lord of the Rings, Prologue.
It’s the season for invitations to holiday parties, most of which you cannot decline lest you find yourself alone at home next year. Some Hobbits enjoy staying at home with a pipe and a pint; but they would not wish to be rude. Miss Dora Baggins’ Book of Manners was the definitive work on Hobbit meals and etiquette. It was followed exactly by all good Hobbit wives and husbands. So off they would go, from party to party to party, eating their way across the Shire from breakfast to second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.
You wouldn’t hear the words “No, thanks, I’m dieting,” at one of these parties! There would be huge glazed hams, sweet baby carrots, buttery potatoes, fried mushrooms, and mouth-watering breads. For dessert there would be scones, cakes and tarts. As for beverages, Hobbits are fond of good wine and ale, but they also enjoy a nice cup of tea or a mulled apple cider.
Estella and Merry Brandybuck usually had tea with Pippin and Diamond Took and their son Faramir. Often they would invite Samwise and Rosie but only when school was in session. Oh, they loved all 13 of the Gamgee children, but having so many little Hobbits around at tea time made the whole affair pointless. There was simply too much noise and activity to relax and talk with old friends.
After Frodo left the Shire for the Gray Havens, the three didn’t speak as much about their journey when they were together. But now and then, at tea time, the room would grow still, and everyone would lift their cups in silence to the memory of Frodo. How thankful they were for their friendship, and the good things of the Shire — like a pint of mulled cider or a cup of spiced tea. It was good to be home, feeling safe again, since King Aragorn re-gained the throne of Gondor and brought peace to all the residents of Middle-earth.