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Party Post Part 2 ~ Middle Earth

This is the second in my series of throwback posts to themed parties my family has held, but it’s the earliest of those parties that I have records of. I can’t currently locate all of the recipes we used, so I can’t share those with you. I can’t find my pictures, either, so I hope you don’t mind this post doing double-duty as a poetry post to fill it out a bit.

Once the last Lord of the Rings movie had been released, we decided to have a movie marathon where we watched all three extended edition movies back-to-back. It was an all-day affair, and so we planned food accordingly. We started out with breakfast cooked as guests were arriving: eggs, sausages, and “nice crispy bacon.”

The dragon is withered,
His bones are now crumbled;
His armour is shivered,
His splendour is humbled!
Though sword shall be rusted,
And throne and crown perish
With strength that men trusted
And wealth that they cherish,
Here grass is still growing,
And leaves are yet swinging,
The white water flowing,
And elves are yet singing
Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
Come back to the valley!

Lunch and dinner were more of a prepared-ahead-of-time affair, with lembas, (non-alcoholic) cider, and “maggoty bread”–Irish Soda Bread with white raisins instead of regular raisins, and formed into lumpy loaves that looked a little like the orcs’ bread. I think our main dinner course was a rotisserie chicken with roasted potatoes (think of that feast where Pippin sings his song), but I can’t find a record of that.

For the lembas, we used a recipe we found online. I don’t have a copy of it now, and I’m hoping I can get a copy of it again. There are lots of recipe suggestions online, though. I do know the one we used was a cross between the two types of biscuit (American and British), and it used a lot of honey. (And was so yummy.) (This isn’t the recipe we used, but it looks similar to what I remember except ours also had some cinnamon and maybe other spices.)

The stars are far brighter
Than gems without measure,
The moon is far whiter
Than silver in treasure:
The fire is more shining
On hearth in the gloaming
Than gold won by mining,
So why go a-roaming?
O! Tra-la-la-lally
Come back to the Valley.

I was a really fun affair, and I’d love to repeat it again someday (with costumes… I now have an elven archer costume I could wear, complete with elf ears but minus the bow… need to work on that part). We didn’t take many pictures of this party, just a few of the food table which I now can’t find. This was from the era before everyone took all their photos using their phones, and I’m not sure where my shots from this party ended up. Oh well. I’ll find them eventually.

O! Where are you going,
So late in returning?
The river is flowing,
The stars are all burning!
O! Whither so laden,
So sad and so dreary?
Here elf and elf-maiden
Now welcome the weary
With Tra-la-la-lally
Come back to the Valley,
Tra-la-la-lally
Fa-la-la-lally
Fa-la!

Side note: if your DVD player is like the one we used back when we had this party, it will not be happy with playing all three extended edition movies back-to-back without breaks. Our DVD player overheated and we had to switch to a game console to finish playing the last movie.

(Poem from The Hobbit)

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6 thoughts on “Party Post Part 2 ~ Middle Earth

  1. Sounds like a great party! Our child and their cousins binged the whole extended trilogy a couple of years in a row (into the wee hours of the morning.) I don’t have the fortitude to sit and watch 12+ hours of TV movie in a day, but have done them over the course of three nights.

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