05 December 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 158: Hobbits and Food

Hobbits are well-known for their love of food. Typically, they would eat up to six meals in a day.

Their meals include (*times are an approximation):

Breakfast (7 am) – Breakfast is the first meal of the day in most countries. In the UK and Ireland, breakfast usually consists of a hot meal, featuring eggs, bacon, and sausages, accompanied by toast and either tea or coffee.

Second breakfast (9 am) – A tradition in Bavaria and Poland, second breakfast is similar to the British tradition of elevensies. Typical foods to be enjoyed during second breakfast include pastries, sausages, sandwiches, or light dessert-type dishes, and coffee.

Elevenses (11 am) – In the UK and Ireland, elevenses generally consist of cake (or other pastries) or biscuits with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Luncheon (1 pm) – A mid-day meal, generally smaller than a typical dinnertime meal. Appropriate dishes may include soups or sandwiches. 

Afternoon tea (4 pm) – Afternoon is very similar to elevensies, but is taken later in the afternoon (hence the name). Foods accompanying the afternoon are much the same as with elevensies.  

Dinner (6 pm) – In most cultures, dinner is the main meal of the day. It is a more formal meal, often consisting of three courses: appetizers (such as soup or salad), followed by the main course, and ending with dessert. 

Supper (8 pm) – Supper is the light meal which follows after dinner later in the evening. It is less formal than dinner. In some places, supper is simply a light snack prior to bedtime; in parts of the UK, supper may consist of a warm, milky drink with biscuits, cereal, or sandwiches.

A typical Hobbit meal consists of simple foods, such as bread, meat, potatoes, and cheese – though they have an extreme fondness for mushrooms, surpassing their love of all other foods. Ale is their beverage of choice; being social creatures, they often prefer to enjoy their ales in various inns across the Shire.


  1. Still enjoying your series :) Well done on keeping up with it!

    I'm just curious though, I've always known elevenses to be spelled without the i (and I believe Tolkien used this spelling too), but I've seen elevensies now on a few sites - wondered if it is an American custom/spelling? :)

  2. Thank you!

    And whoops! That was merely a typo (or two, rather) on my part. It should be "elevenses" - not sure what caused me to throw an "i" in there (beyond rushing to get caught up on my entries). I did a search for "elevensies," but it did not yield many results; my guess is it's probably a mistake that got turned into an Americanized spelling. Thanks for catching that! :)

  3. oh nps, glad I helped by accident!