Silmarillion Seminar 34

The penultimate session of the Silmarillion Seminar is now available. Silmarillion Seminar 34, “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers” (aka “The One in Which Lara Speaks”) covers Part 1 of The Rings of Power and the Third Age. Find it here or check out this and all the other Tolkien Professor podcasts on iTunes.

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A Cookbook for Middle-earth!

Food takes center stage in The Hobbit from the outset, with Thorin’s dwarves cleaning out  Bilbo’s larders at the Unexpected Party, and soon, you too will be able to cook like Bilbo, Beorn, and Bombadil!  Chef Heath Dill’s upcoming cookbook, Medium Rare and Back Again:  Food from the World of Middle-earthis now available for pre-order!

A chef and food blogger, as well as good friend of Prof. Olsen, Heath has been catering the Washington College Lord of the Rings movie marathons for several years now, with delectable Tolkien-themed fare.  Want to know what Bilbo’s pork-pies taste like?  Or Lembas bread?  Perhaps you’d like to treat yourself to the honey-cakes of the Beornings, or sample Ent-draught?

Due out this summer, Medium Rare and Back Again will feature over 40 recipes of dishes (plus many variations!) found in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as some whimsical fare (Fiery Balrog Wings, anyone?).  It will also contain a rich history of the food Tolkien loved, and the traditions and techniques used both in pre-war England.  For Tolkien fans and foodies alike, this book is a must!

You can follow Chef Heath Dill at his website, Facebook page, and Twitter feedMedium Rare and Back Again will be published by Oloris Publishing.

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