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Concerning Pipe-weed

Concerning Pipe-weed is the second part of the Prologue to The Lord of the Rings.

Concerning Pipe-weed explains the Hobbits' fascination with pipe-weed, its history (as laid out in Meriadoc Brandybuck's Herblore of the Shire) and the notable varieties of Old Toby, Longbottom Leaf and Southern Star.

[edit] Background

The basis of this text was a lengthy speech of Merry about pipe-weed in a draft of the chapter The Road to Isengard, eventually removed and reworked.[1]

The Lord of the Rings Prologue
Concerning Hobbits · Concerning Pipe-weed · Of the Ordering of the Shire · Of the Finding of the Ring · Note on the Shire Records


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p.xxiv