Sep 10 2021, 12:55am
What do you think our respective travelers-Thorin's Company, and the Fellowship- ate on their journeys? And travelers in ME in general?
Foods in Middle-earth
Besides Lembas, of course And possibly cram (the dwarves). And how could one forget Elrond's gift of Miruvor to the Fellowship?
One would assume they hunted as they were able, providing meat. The Fellowship did have Bill the Pony, at least until the Moria west-gate. After Lorien, they had lembas, but not before.
Thorin's Company would have been a little different, at least between Beorn's home and Laketown, due to Beorn being a vegetarian, and Mirkwood's fauna being somewhat less than palatable (at least, until the areas where the wood-elves hunted, but they couldn't leave the path to do so).
The times of year for the respective travelers would have impacted fare as well. The Fellowship traveled over winter...so after the harvest, BUT...not as much ability to gather in the colder areas, since wild plants and even produce they could have purchased were out of season. Thorin's company might've been able to partake of such fare, with Mirkwood being the exception.
Not to mention, you do have the fact that Boromir wandered for quite a while, before finally finding Imladris. Legolas traveled with others from Mirkwood to Imladris, and Gimli traveled all the way from Erebor as well (they may have had pack animals. We don't know, IIRC).
We also have one rather...sticky issue with Thorin's Company. Seems a pony (that isn't Beorn's) doesn't have a very long lifespan under their employment, thus limiting provisions to what the poor saps were able to carry, after each, ahem...pony incident...and we know what kind of appetites 13 dwarves and a homesick hobbit have!
So...what sorts of foods do you think so many hungry warriors might have taken with them, foods that would be hearty, substantial, and keep fresh (or fresh-ish) for long periods of time? And not (always) require a pack animal to transport?
Just food for thought
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(This post was edited by Cirashala on Sep 10 2021, 12:58am)