March 30, 2005

Beer Me, Barliman

Following up on yesterday's gratuitous Tolkien post that mentioned both miruovor and Old Winyards, I got wondering if anyone had done any research about what the wine of Middle Earth, and specifically Old Winyards, might taste like.

So far, no joy. I'm guessing there really isn't that much to go on. Old Winyards is noted as a strong wine coming out of the Southfarthing and evidently takes a while to mature, since when Bilbo vanishes on his 111th birthday and a case is given to Rory Brandybuck, it is mentioned that the wine had been laid down by Bilbo's father Bungo, who had died some 75 years before. Other than that, not much is said about it that I can recall.

Still, perhaps some clues can be put together and intelligent guesses made. After all, somebody out there took the time to concoct a theory and a recipe for the beer at the Prancing Pony.

Needless to say, if you know a good source about the wine question, please send it along.

Posted by Robert at March 30, 2005 04:18 PM
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