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Honey-cakes of the Beornings

Type: Food & Drink

Description:

A type of waybread made by the shapeshifter, Beorn, and later by his people:
[Beorn] would... lade them with food to last them for weeks with care, and packed so as to be as easy as possible to carry — nuts, flour, sealed jars of dried fruits, and red earthenware pots of honey, and twice-baked cakes that would keep good a long time, and on a little of which they could march far. The making of these was one of his secrets; but honey was in them, as in most of his foods, and they were good to eat, though they made one thirsty.

The Hobbit, Ch 7, Queer Lodgings

[Gimli:] 'Why, [lembas] is better than the honey-cakes of the Beornings, and that is great praise, for the Beornings are the best bakers that I know of; but they are none too willing to deal out their cakes to travellers in these days.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 8, Farewell to Lórien

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 23May04

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