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Bilbo Baggins by Anke Eißmann
"It isn't time yet. It can't be tea-time even, leastways not in decent places where there is tea-time."
Samwise Gamgee in The Two Towers, "Journey to the Cross-Roads"

Tea was a beverage that the Hobbits (specifically Shire-hobbits) enjoyed alone or socially.

A time of resting and relaxing, the tea-time[1] was considered a meal on its own, between lunch and dinner.[2] It was customary to offer guests for a cup of tea.[3]

Bilbo Baggins invited Gandalf for a cup of tea when he unexpectedly arrived to Bag End. After his invitation, Gandalf showed up with Thorin and Company.[4]

In a poem, the Lonely Troll served Perry-the-Winkle some "fulsome tea" and the two friends regularly met in weekly tea sessions.[5]

Names

In the early stages of the Legendarium, Tolkien created two Elvish words for "tea": in Qenya tyé (clearly adapted from English),[6] and in Gnomish suithlas (literally "drink-leaf").[7]

Portrayal in adaptations

2007-: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Tea leaves can be grown by farmers, and characters with the cooking craft can produce several varieties of tea (including Black, Green, Red, and White Tea).[8] In the introductory quest "Sweet Bilberry Tea", Celandine Brandybuck asks the player to collect bilberries for her medicinal tea.[9]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Perry-the-Winkle"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 49
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 68
  8. "Item:Bundle of Tea Leaves" dated 8 September 2016, The Lord of the Rings Online Wiki (accessed 3 January 2017)
  9. "Quest:Sweet Bilberry Tea" dated 17 October 2012, The Lord of the Rings Online Wiki (accessed 3 January 2017)