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[[Image:Corn from Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring.jpg|thumb|350px|''Corn'' from [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
 
[[Image:Corn from Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring.jpg|thumb|350px|''Corn'' from [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
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{{quote|Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?|[[Aragorn II|Aragorn]]<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The King of the Golden Hall]]"</ref>}}
 
'''Corn''' is a general name for various cereal crops, barley, rye, wheat and oats.  
 
'''Corn''' is a general name for various cereal crops, barley, rye, wheat and oats.  
  
In [[Middle-earth]], corn (of unspecified type) was brought out of the west by the [[Númenóreans]] during the [[Second Age]].
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==History==
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Corn was one of the creations of [[Yavanna]].<ref name="Vala">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "[[Valaquenta]]"</ref> It was introduced first to [[Númenor]], who learned to cultivate it. During the [[Ban of the Valar]], the [[Númenóreans]] spread their knowledge of corn and agriculture throughout [[Middle-earth]], and so, this crop was introduced to the [[Middle Men]].<ref name="Aka">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "[[Akallabêth]]"</ref>
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The area that would later be known as [[the Shire]] was known for its fertility. The [[Kings of Arnor]] made many farmlands there, and aside from wine, corn was the main produce. Though the land was deserted by the time they came to live there, the [[Hobbits]] continued used their land for similar crop.<ref name="Concerning">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Prologue]]"</ref>
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According to [[Treebeard]], Men learned the cultivation of corn by different means: it was taught them by the [[Entwives]] of the [[Brown Lands]], and they were greatly praised for it. That version, however, passed into legend.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[Treebeard (chapter)|Treebeard]]"</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
'''2001: ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
 
'''2001: ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
:Due to the dialectical homonym of the New World crop (''[[wikipedia:Maize|Zea mays]]''), the Hobbits walk through a field of maize.
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:Probably due to the dialectical homonym of the New World crop (''[[wikipedia:Maize|Zea mays]]''), the [[Sam]] and [[Frodo]] walk through a field of maize.<ref>''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Short Cut to Mushrooms]]"</ref>
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[[Category:Plants]]

Revision as of 23:38, 15 February 2009

"Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?"
Aragorn[1]

Corn is a general name for various cereal crops, barley, rye, wheat and oats.

History

Corn was one of the creations of Yavanna.[2] It was introduced first to Númenor, who learned to cultivate it. During the Ban of the Valar, the Númenóreans spread their knowledge of corn and agriculture throughout Middle-earth, and so, this crop was introduced to the Middle Men.[3]

The area that would later be known as the Shire was known for its fertility. The Kings of Arnor made many farmlands there, and aside from wine, corn was the main produce. Though the land was deserted by the time they came to live there, the Hobbits continued used their land for similar crop.[4]

According to Treebeard, Men learned the cultivation of corn by different means: it was taught them by the Entwives of the Brown Lands, and they were greatly praised for it. That version, however, passed into legend.[5]

Portrayal in adaptations

2001: Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring:

Probably due to the dialectical homonym of the New World crop (Zea mays), the Sam and Frodo walk through a field of maize.[6]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Prologue"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"