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Strawberries

"The fruit was so plentiful that young hobbits very nearly bathed in strawberries and cream..."
The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
Bunch of Strawberries.jpg
Strawberries
LocationMiddle-Earth
Strawberries were wild berries found in several regions of Middle-earth.

Bilbo Baggins tried to satisfy his hunger with wild strawberries growing near a stream in the upper Vales, as Thorin and Company escaped the Goblin-town[1] during early July.[2]

During the last years of the Third Age, strawberries were among the many fruits produced by The Shire, and were enjoyed by the young Hobbits.[3]

[edit] Inspiration

J.R.R. Tolkien's adventure in Switzerland in 1911 was his inspiration for the journey from Rivendell to the other side of the Misty Mountains, and it is quite possible he consumed strawberries during this time.[4]. Michael Coren notes, "For dessert he liked a trifle or, in summer, strawberries with lots of cream."[5]

In J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, No. 23 contains an illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien of a strawberry.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  2. See User:Gamling/Hobbitdates
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 306, (undated, late 1967 - early 1968)
  5. Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created the Lord of the Rings, "End Times"