250px-Pippin spotting mushrooms

Pippin spots a cluster of mushrooms after escaping from Farmer Maggot

"I suppose you three won't want mushrooms again?"
Fredegar Bolger

Mushrooms were an edible fungus. It is said that hobbits have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People.

History Edit

Mushrooms were a particular delight of young Frodo Baggins, who would often steal them from Farmer Maggot's fields. Old Maggot still remembered it when Frodo came to his farm years later, and as a parting gift, Mrs. Maggot gave Frodo a basket of the prized mushrooms.

Inspiration Edit

J.R.R. Tolkien described himself as a Hobbit in all but size, noting that he was very fond of mushrooms.

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Video games Edit

  • In The Hobbit (2003 video game), Balfor Mushrooms in Goblin-town. Mushrooms serve as power-ups throughout the game. One mushroom - green and blue of colour - restores one health bubble. Later in the game, larger, clustered mushrooms serve as a full healing item.
  • In The Fellowship of the Ring (2001 film), though the scenes in Maggot's house have been omitted, a nod to mushrooms is given when the four Hobbits escape Farmer Maggot. Peregrin Took spots them after a comment on a "short cut", making the full phrase sound as "A short cut to... mushrooms!", a reference to the corresponding chapter title from the book.
  • In The Lord of the Rings Online, mushrooms can be grown by players who are farmers by profession. Players who are cooks can make these into mushroom pie, fried mushroom and fried dace with mushrooms. These are foods for low leveled characters that can increase different traits.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 213 (dated October 25, 1958)
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), "The Shire"
  5. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Hobbiton"
  6. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Flies and Spiders"