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Mushrooms

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Mushrooms were an edible fungus, a favourite food in the Shire.

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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 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 "very much like a Hobbit", noting that mushrooms were among his own favourite foods.[source?]

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.[2]

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.[3]

2003: Sierra's The Hobbit:

Mushrooms serve as power-ups throughout the game. One mushroom - green and blue of colour - restores one health bubble,[4] later in the game, larger, clustered mushrooms serve as a full healing item.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  2. Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh (adaptors), Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), "The Shire"
  4. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Hobbiton"
  5. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Flies and Spiders"