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'''Potatoes''' were root vegetables that were apparently among the staple foods of the [[Hobbits]]. How they came to exist in [[Middle-earth]] is something of a mystery - in principle, they should not have appeared east of the [[Great Sea]] for several thousand years after the [[War of the Ring]]. Conceivably, the roots named 'potatoes' in [[Tolkien]]'s work represent some other related plant, or a crop brought east by the [[Númenóreans]] that later became extinct.
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'''Potatoes''' or '''taters''' in [[Hobbitish]], were root vegetables that were apparently among the staple foods of the [[Hobbits]]. [[Sam Gamgee]] expected to find them in [[Ithilien]].
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==Inspiration==
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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.
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The term "taters" is perhaps an attempt to 'anglicize' or 'Hobbitize' this word.
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Conceivably, the roots named 'potatoes' in [[Tolkien]]'s work represent some other related root plant, or a crop brought east by the [[Númenóreans]] that later became extinct.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:01, 13 February 2009

Potatoes or taters in Hobbitish, were root vegetables that were apparently among the staple foods of the Hobbits. Sam Gamgee expected to find them in Ithilien.

Inspiration

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.

Conceivably, the roots named 'potatoes' in Tolkien's work represent some other related root plant, or a crop brought east by the Númenóreans that later became extinct.