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|}}'''Potatoes''' or '''taters''' in [[Hobbitish]], were root vegetables that were apparently among the staple foods of the [[Hobbits]]. [[
|}}'''Potatoes''' or '''taters''' in [[Hobbitish]], were root vegetables that were apparently among the staple foods of the [[Hobbits]]. [[Samwise Gamgee]] expected to find them in [[Ithilien]].
Revision as of 21:15, 16 October 2010
The existence of potatoes in the ancient European setting of Middle-earth is problematic since potatoes came from America only in the recent centuries. Tolkien avoided using foreign concepts and terms of English vocabulary such as Native American words. For example tomatoes were referred in the first edition of The Hobbit but removed in the second one.
The term "taters" is perhaps an attempt to 'anglicize' or 'Hobbitize' this word.