The Return of the King

“And Gandalf said: ‘Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have labored to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder.’”

A refined table for the folk of Gondor

A refined table for the folk of Gondor

Our penultimate Lord of the Rings dinner is a grand feast in Gondor to celebrate the end of the war and the coming of Aragorn as king. There is no particular meal described in the text to recreate, but there are references to feasting in the days after Aragorn’s return to the city.  Our information on Gondoran food is scant, but I have tried to put together a meal representing the different parts of Godoran society: the farmers of the plains, the herdsmen of the hills, the fishing folk of the coast, and the city-dwellers of Minas Tirith. I’ve given this month’s food something of a Mediterranean inflection to reflect Gondor’s position in Middle Earth.

Seafood soup, roast lamb, spinach, and marzipan pastry

Seafood soup, roast lamb, spinach, and marzipan pastry

For appetizer, we had a seafood cream soup made with scallops, shrimp, fish, and flavored with saffron.

Seafood soup.  The creamy base is much like a traditional chowder, but the absence of potatoes and the use of saffron gives it quite a different flavor.

Seafood soup. The creamy base is much like a traditional chowder, but the absence of potatoes and the use of saffron gives it quite a different flavor.

The main course was roasted lamb stuffed with olives, dates, and fresh herbs. Alongside that was spinach sauteed with ginger and honey.

Roast lamb and spinach.  The olives and dates as stuffing imparts a very different flavor to this than plain roast lmab.

Roast lamb and spinach. The olives and dates as stuffing imparts a very different flavor to this than plain roast lamb.  The spinach recipe comes from a mediaeval source.

The dessert was a marzipan pastry representing the white tree of Gondor.

One white tree... or something.  I'm not very good at pastry.  At least it was tasty.

One white tree… or something. I’m not very good at pastry. At least it was tasty.

E. laid out a splendid table setting using a theme of silver and blue and capturing some of the age and elegance of Minas Tirith.

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

August: Dinner in Ithilien

September: A feast in the golden hall

October: In the ruins of Isengard

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One Response to “The Return of the King”

  1. Lii Says:

    Wow, an impressive menu!

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