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Old 03-29-2001, 11:23 PM   #1
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I don't know if this has been discussed before.
Where did Lembas come from. In Lotr they said that only Galadriel and her handmaidens knew the recipe, Beleg had some Lembas when he came from Doriath.
So where did the recipe for Lembas come from??


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Old 03-29-2001, 11:25 PM   #2
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Re: Lembas

Lembas could have been a recipe of Melian's that Galadrial knew because she lived in Doriath for so long with Celeborn when Thingol and Melian were still ruling.

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Old 03-30-2001, 06:47 AM   #3
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Re: Lembas

Twinkies.

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Re: Lembas

Per HoME, Lembas were made from a particular Valinorean strain of &quot;corn&quot; (which could mean grain in old english as opposed to the corn we know). The making and giving of Lembas was vested in the &quot;Queen&quot;. As commented above, Melian apparently was one who was involved in the making of Lembas and Galadriel, though not technically a queen, knew of its making from Melian or Valinor.

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There is a previous thread of a month or so ago, but the ultimate source is the small ch. mentioned by Mithadan [in HoME XII].




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Lembas reminds me of stuff that in everyday is normal but add the drug factor to it, they become exceptional. Like hash brownies, or jello shooters. Maybe them elves were middle earths own little drug dealers. With Melian the Maia being the head of the elven cartel.



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Re: Lembas

That would explain why the security in Doriath, and later Lothlorien, was so tight! <img src=wink.gif ALT="">

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I always thought that Tom Bombadil was the one most likely to be a druggie. He's got (relatively) easy access to shipments from overseas through the Grey Havens, plus Pipe weed from the shire, and as for Farmer Maggot's mushrooms... Don't try and tell me they weren't magic. Why else would Frodo have gone after them in his teens?

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I imagine Lembas as being a sort of cross between Greek Halvas and Paximadia. Forget the dope, they had serious battles to fight!

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Well, lembas was evidently addicting, and had some properties that were not good for mortals in the long run...

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Lol, Red! (Twinkies) But maybe they were Ding-Dongs?


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They must have had chocolate in them. Chocolate is taken on hiking trips even today, for its energy content and preservability (at least I think that's why). What other food product can be so nourishing and addictive at the same time? <img src=smile.gif ALT="">

And chocolate even comes from the West! After Valinor finally dropped off the edge of the world, so to speak, they must have left the cacao in the Americas so Man can always have a reminder of something heavenly! <img src=biggrin.gif ALT="">

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Someone had a recipe for lembas somewhere. Look back to the Middle-Earth recipes thread, I think it is in there.

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Twinkies, I tell ya!!

I told ya once before and I'll tell ya again! Lembas is Twinkies!! See link below...

<a href=http://www.speakeasy.org/~ohh/twinkies.htm>Lembas</a>

See? I'm not making this up. There is evidence. <img src=wink.gif ALT=""> Sheesh!

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Re: Twinkies, I tell ya!!

Lembas is cream-filled????

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baked not fried

if lembas was wonderfully energizing characteristics, and you don't have to eat a lot of it to feel full, when could it have possibly been used as a secret DIET PROGRAM?

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That is why you never here about to many fat elves.

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Lembas tastes nice I think<img src=smile.gif ALT="">

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I always wondered how long lembas stayed good for and how filling it was. I always envisioned fairly small servings sating your appetite fairly well. Could you imagine carrying lembas, wrapped in its leaf, in your pocket, marching for hours, and then finding a pocket full of lembas crumbs in your pocket? Or a wad of lembas all mushed up with whatever you happened to have in your pocket? Loose change? Pocket lint?
And the conception of lembas going bad, or moldy is just wrong!!!

Hmm.. long shelf life is another property of Twinkies.
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I'm tellin' ya, people, lembas = Ding-Dongs!! The Twinkie argument is a good one, but the Elves simply MUST have known about chocolate. <img src=roll.gif ALT=":rollin">

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It was said that it may have been a property of the lembas that enabled Frodo to survive for so long. It was also distasteful to Gollum and the orcs, so a vital ingredient of it may have been the makers themselves, infusing it with a quality of Goodness that was bad for Bad people. What's this about it not being good for mortals?!

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Haven't anyone thought about that lembas can be drugs? One of the elves says to Gimli that one lembas can keep a wanderer up, even if he's not a dwarf. But if they were drugs elves probably go maniac, hallucinate or something else, if the elves isn't verry recistant( is that how you spell it? ), but they probablly are.
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well I guess so, if you simply consider drugs as a stimulant...hmm maybe any magic potion could just be labelled a drug...don't see why not
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Ok y'all... lembas is Twinkies because is is cream filled, and light brown coloured well preserved and gives you energy like sugar. Now there is another theory that takes more explaining.... Celeborn is Santa Claus. They describe him as tall with long white hair. He lives in a hidden land with elves who are very good with their hands and can make stuff well. Also he has lembas... they could be the cookies that he collects Xmas night when all the little kiddies leave out their cookies he gathers together and gives to Aragorn and hobbits and other folk. Sooo its a little far fetched, but I thought it was funny.
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When I'm reading the LOTR and getting hungry, I always imagine lembas to be similar to chewey homemade oatmeal cookies with raisins. However, chocolate chip cookies would keep me going longer. I'm also considering peanut butter cookies as a possiblity. But if they're factory made, perhaps they are Oreos?! I think that's as valid as Twinkies or Ding-Dongs. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

Thanks to Mithadan for the scholarly answer. This information makes me think of "Johnny Cake" made of corn (maize) meal - a very old recipe. Later - in the Depression - my grandmother served it as a supper main course.

Recipe below. More Middle-earth recipes at An Arda Recipe Book.

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Actually Cirdan had the grey hair, Celeborn's was silver, so Cirdan could be Santa Claus or Gandalf. Lembas is Twinkies, well the proof is there all right, I wouldn't say they were drugged, just magically enhanced to sustain a person, like vitamins. the corn cakes sound good too. I want the recipe [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
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Johnny Cake

This is a very old family recipe. Origin is likely Rhode Island, where it was called Journey Cake. (I'm not kidding.) (RI source recipe could be more than 350 years old. This version is at least 65 years old.)

2 cups cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons baking powder

Mix baking powder with flour. Combine all ingredients, pour into 9" square pan and bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes. (To serve Depression/WW2 style, cut into squares while warm. Mix some more milk with nutmeg and sugar to taste and pour over cake.)

Perhaps the batter could be poured into muffin tins (only ~1" deep) or tart tins to make individual cakes. Reduce time in oven - watch carefully - not tested.


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My mom tells me that the recipe above is indeed from my grandma - my dad's mom - but it is NOT the recipe that she used when I was growing up. This is hers:

1 cup cornmeal
cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon salt
1 well-beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted fat or cooking oil

Mix and sift dry ingredients. Add egg, milk and fat. Bake in shallow, greased pan or cake tin in hot oven (425F) for 20 minutes.
To serve cut into squares while warm. Mix some more milk with nutmeg and sugar to taste and pour over cake.

UPDATE: January 18, 2005
I have finally tested baking the above recipe in muffin tins (and remembered to update this post). Yield 12 'muffins' or little cakes. Grease the muffin tins and pour the batter ~3/4" to 1" deep. Bake at 425F for 12-14 minutes. Good with Chili.
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Little Rhodey finally gets some recognition. We're the inventors of Lembas! lol.
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Thanks I'm going to make a batch in muffin tins. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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You guys have got it all wrong. Lembas was something given to people who have to endure hardship, especially during war, right? Then Lembas is quite clearly Anzac Biscuits. Tasty, simple, last for ages. Tolkien must have fought for Australia in the First World War.

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I think all of us will need Lembas to sustain us while we wait in line to see the film. I'm makin' a batch or two - Journey Cake and maybe the oatmeal cookies. And I'm bringin' taters. (Salt & Vinegar) Mmmmmm. *smacks lips* [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 12-13-2001, 05:35 AM   #33
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You're thinking of the dwarvish "Cram." Lembas is/are those sweet waffle cookies with the cream filling - only lighter and flakier, and thin. The drugs are the orc draughts. Best not to know what's in them.
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Old 12-13-2001, 05:42 AM   #34
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being a stuffy brit [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img] I didn't discover the Almighty Twinkie until I was twelve, and on a trip to Florida. a few short years later, I now have a deep liking for them, and beg my brother to bring back some when he goes over on business trips.

so, here is my theory...
Lembas is an original, unevolved form of the Twinkie. sadly without the cream...(can you imagine trying to keep a pocket full of cream-filled Twinkies fresh and unbroken whilst jogging through Mordor?) they have a magical sustinence that keeps travellers on their feet. when the Elves sailed away form Middle earth, they took the recipe with them, discovered cream, changed the name from Lembas to Twinkies and made millions.

OR

Lembas could possibly be a form of donut... [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img] [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img] [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 12-14-2001, 09:46 AM   #35
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also I think the barrow cookies could be a close resemblence to Lembas...they seem to be craved by everyone!
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Old 12-14-2001, 12:55 PM   #36
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Although the Twinkie theory comes quite close I believe it is flawed in one area. Twinkies were not the only decendant of lembas. The books actually describe Lembas as similar to coconut macaroons. It describes them as thin cakes with a light brown outside and a cream colord inside. Dosn't this sound like coconut macaroons? And nd the storage instructions are the same too. Keep them in a sealed contaner and do not break them, neccecities for both twinkies and macaroons.

Here is my theory, Durring Merry and Pippin's stay in Rohan they shared some of their lembas with Eomer. He liked it so much that he tried to replicate it. The people of rohan needed energy and stranght so they concentrated more on the energy aspect of lembas. Since the lives of rohanions were short the recipe changed often until we came to their final product: Twinkies!

The Coconut Macaroons camme from the Gondorains. When Aragorn came home from his journeys, he asked Arwen to make more lembas. Since she was an Elf and Her husband Was a Dunedain she needed not the energy spects and concentrated more on the look/taste aspect of it. So that's how the second line of Lembas developed into: Coconut Macaroons!

I would go into further detail but I am pressed for time.
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Old 12-14-2001, 08:26 PM   #37
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To jump back to the drugs thing, doesn't Samwise (*will always call him that, looks more finished than Sam*) think to himself that when he first bit into a Lemba he never thought he'd want more? Sounds fishy... *shifty eyes*

I really like the Twinkie idea. I do. But I always kinda pictured them as more... I dunno... a veggie type deal. Yes, I realize it wouldn't keep. If I had my way it'd be bread of some sort with magical, everlasting guacomole inside. Mmmm Mexican food... *wanders towards kitchen and microwave burritos*
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Old 12-14-2001, 10:36 PM   #38
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Hello, my fellow tolkien fan. LOL to the mexican food bit. I think Lembas are flat and round. You can fit more in a bag.

Don't knock Lembas. It beats crum dosn't it. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 12-17-2001, 03:11 PM   #39
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I have only one thing to say: Mexican Wedding Cakes. Y'know the lil' cube-shaped, powder-sugered cookies? They taste Sooooo yummy and they're compact. They have lotsa suger and the wholesome bread-like cookie center. Sounds quite good and sustaining to me. They can also be baked
so that they are flat and more portable.

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Old 12-17-2001, 08:48 PM   #40
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The Lembas the Italians call Pizzelles are good too, they keep well too. [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
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