Dinner in Ithilien

“After so long journeying and camping, and days spent in the lonely wild, the evening meal seemed a feast to the hobbits; to drink pale yellow wine, cool and fragrant, and eat bread and butter, and salted meats, and dried fruits, and good red cheese, with clean hands and clean knives and plates. Neither Frodo nor Sam refuse anything that was offered, nor a second, nor indeed a third helping. The wine coursed in the veins and tired limbs, and they felt glad and easy of heart as they had not done since they left the land of Lórien.”

A dinner fit for both rangers and hobbits

The evening meal that Frodo and Sam shared with Faramir and the rangers of Gondor in their hidden encampment in Ithilien is a simple one, but not so rustic as some of the meals cooked in the wild. The version I made was based on the meal as described, but was made just a little more comfortable. We had baked ham for the main dish, for which I made a sauce of dried fruit and wine. I made fresh bread to go with it. I’ve had mixed luck with bread in the past, but this one came out pretty well. We had butter and cheese to go with the bread, as mentioned. Since the meal as described was lacking a vegetable, I made a simple salad of sliced cucumbers with vinegar and fresh herbs. We drank our favorite wine, a moscato, with the dinner.

A little bit rustic, a little bit refined

E. laid the table in a simple but elegant way. I think she is getting tired of trying to figure out settings for meals in the rough and is looking forward to getting back into civilization.

Previous Lord of the Rings dinners:

January: A long-expected party

February: Farewell to Hobbiton / March: Supper at the Prancing Pony

April: A rangers’ dinner in the wild

May: At Elrond’s table

June: A Dwarven dinner

July: Of Herbs and Stewed Chicken

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