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Tea

"It isn't time yet. It can't be tea-time even, leastways not in decent places where there is tea-time."
Samwise Gamgee[1]

Tea was a beverage that the Hobbits (specifically Shire-hobbits) enjoyed alone or socially.

A time of resting and relaxing, the tea-time[2] was considered a meal on its own, between lunch and dinner.[3] It was customary to offer guests for a cup of tea.[4]

Bilbo Baggins invited Gandalf for a cup of tea when he unexpectedly arrived to Bag End. After his invitation, Gandalf showed up with Thorin and Company.[5]

In a poem, the Lonely Troll served Perry-the-Winkle some "fulsome tea".[6]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2007-: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Tea leaves can be grown by farmers, and characters with the cooking craft can produce several varieties of tea (including Black, Green, Red, and White Tea).[7] In the introductory quest "Sweet Bilberry Tea", Celandine Brandybuck asks the player to collect bilberries for her medicinal tea.[8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Journey to the Cross-Roads"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Perry-the-Winkle"
  7. "Item:Bundle of Tea Leaves" dated 8 September 2016, The Lord of the Rings Online Wiki (accessed 3 January 2017)
  8. "Quest:Sweet Bilberry Tea" dated 17 October 2012, The Lord of the Rings Online Wiki (accessed 3 January 2017)