Friday, 21 September 2012

Happy Hobbit Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of  The Hobbit 
by JRR Tolkien. First published in 1937, the Hobbit has captured the imagination of readers young and old just about everywhere. For all intents and purposes, this book and the Lord of the Rings triology which followed, created an entirely new genre of literature.

I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was 17 on a cross country trip with my family. We'd made it from Baltimore to Colorado in a pretty small station wagon/estate car, with all the arguments that come up when you put 4 teenagers in one back seat. I found a box set of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings at a gift shop in Estes Park, Colorado.

Estes Park, Colorado

During the day, while we were driving I read the books out loud to my twin sister and two younger brothers. It was magic! All the irritations ceased as we listened to the story and looked out the car window at the magnificent scenery.  At night in the hotel room, the three oldest read ahead silently, sharing the only book, so we could find out what happened. I've gone on to read the book many many times, for my own pleasure, to the children I taught at school and to my own children. Such a memorable first reading and it delights me still.

illustration by Michael Hague

To celebrate Tolkien's enduring legacy people are invited to enjoy a second breakfast today. Here's a little quote just in case you're not sure about second breakfasts.

Aragorn: Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: But what about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. But what about second breakfast?
[Aragorn stares at him, then walks off.]
Merry: Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevensies? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.
Breakfast is my favourite meal, besides dessert. So I'm rather fond of having it twice.

Here's our family's Flapjack recipe. I sent the kids off to school with some of these this morning, so they could have their own second breakfast. Now all I have to sort out is, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper!

Flapjacks from Lincoln-SHIRE

In a saucepan
 melt one slab of butter (8oz) and
 4 rounded Tablespoons of Golden Syrup. I used a maple flavour version here.

Take the sauce pan off the heat and add:
add one cup of brown sugar
32 oz rolled oats or (two pint sized measuring jugs)
4 pinches of salt

Stir all this together. This is the basic recipe and you can add all sorts of things to make it interesting. Today I added chopped pecans, raisins and chocolate chips.

Spoon the mixture in a suitable baking dish, I used a 10 X 12 inch pan and cook in a medium oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Try to catch it just as it is turning golden. Let it cool,  cut into 'fingers' and enjoy.
I'm going to enjoy mine with a nice cup of tea and a chapter of The Hobbit.

Source: via Martha on Pinterest


Gertie Pye said...

Ha ha! I love this little dialogue too x

Trudi said...

Lol I listened to the Hobbit on the long drive from holland back to the uk and back again! I think that was my favourite quote! enjoy your second breakfast!

Peggy said...

I have tears in my eyes remembering the wonder and magic we experienced for the first time on that cross country trip. The really amazing thing was how the landscapes we drove through matched what we were reading in the books (however Martha never got to see it because if she paused to enjoy the view our youngest brother Sean would beg "read Martha! READ!" Today, again I am Thanking God for such an amazing twin sister like YOU who opened the doors to the treasure of Tolkien ~ my favorite books with layers of meaning and richness that lasts a lifetime and beyond! I too have read it times uncounted to my children, and now have the unabridged versions on CD! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE HOBBIT! I sure hope the movie that come out this December is worthy of such a special story! <3 Love you Martha Ann! <3

Emily Milne said...

I LOVE this post!! I had a second bowl of cereal to celebrate it myself :)