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[[Image:Pippin spotting mushrooms.jpg|thumb|350px|[[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] spotting mushrooms, from [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
 
[[Image:Pippin spotting mushrooms.jpg|thumb|350px|[[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] spotting mushrooms, from [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
'''Mushrooms''' were an edible fungus, a favourite food in [[the Shire]].  
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'''Mushrooms''' were an edible fungus. It is said that Hobbits have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings of [[Men|Big People]].<ref name="Cut"/>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Mushrooms were found throughout the Shire, but seem to have grown best in the boggy region of the [[Marish]]. They were a particular delight of young [[Frodo Baggins]], who would often steal them from [[Farmer Maggot]]'s fields. Old Maggot still remembered it when Frodo came to his [[Bamfurlong|farm]] years later, and as a parting gift, [[Mrs. Maggot]] gave Frodo a basket of the prized mushrooms.<ref name="Cut">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Short Cut to Mushrooms]]"</ref>
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Mushrooms were a particular delight of young [[Frodo Baggins]], who would often steal them from [[Farmer Maggot]]'s fields. Old Maggot still remembered it when Frodo came to his [[Bamfurlong|farm]] years later, and as a parting gift, [[Mrs. Maggot]] gave Frodo a basket of the prized mushrooms.<ref name="Cut">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Short Cut to Mushrooms]]"</ref>  
  
 
==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
[[J.R.R. Tolkien]] described himself as "very much like a Hobbit", noting that mushrooms were among his own favourite foods.{{fact}}
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien]] described himself as a Hobbit in all but size, noting that he was vey fond of mushrooms.<ref name="L213">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 213]] (dated [[October 25]], [[1958]])</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''2003: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|Sierra's The Hobbit]]'':'''
 
'''2003: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|Sierra's The Hobbit]]'':'''
:Mushrooms serve as power-ups throughout the game. One mushroom - green and blue of colour - restores one health bubble,<ref>''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'', "Hobbiton"</ref> later in the game, larger, clustered mushrooms serve as a full healing item.<ref>''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'', "Flies and Spiders"</ref>  
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:Mushrooms serve as power-ups throughout the game. One mushroom - green and blue of colour - restores one health bubble.<ref>''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'', "Hobbiton"</ref> Later in the game, larger, clustered mushrooms serve as a full healing item.<ref>''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'', "Flies and Spiders"</ref>  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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[[Category:Plants]]
 
[[Category:Plants]]

Revision as of 11:47, 25 December 2008

"I suppose you three won't want mushrooms again?"
Fredegar Bolger[1]

Mushrooms were an edible fungus. It is said that Hobbits have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People.[1]

Contents

History

Mushrooms were a particular delight of young Frodo Baggins, who would often steal them from Farmer Maggot's fields. Old Maggot still remembered it when Frodo came to his farm years later, and as a parting gift, Mrs. Maggot gave Frodo a basket of the prized mushrooms.[1]

Inspiration

J.R.R. Tolkien described himself as a Hobbit in all but size, noting that he was vey fond of mushrooms.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

2001: Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring:

Though the scenes in Maggot's house have been omitted, a nod to mushrooms is given when the four Hobbits escape Farmer Maggot. Pippin spots them after a comment on a "short cut", making the full phrase sound as "A short cut to... mushrooms!", the chapter title.[3]

2002: Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring:

Mushrooms are collectible items found throughout the Shire. When ate, they restore 10 points of the player's health.[4]

2003: Sierra's The Hobbit:

Mushrooms serve as power-ups throughout the game. One mushroom - green and blue of colour - restores one health bubble.[5] Later in the game, larger, clustered mushrooms serve as a full healing item.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 213 (dated October 25, 1958)
  3. Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh (adaptors), Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), "The Shire"
  5. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Hobbiton"
  6. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Flies and Spiders"