We’ve decided to include a feature on our blog where we highlight the dates of significant events in The Hobbit, and possibly other Tolkien books as well. We’re going to call this feature: Tolkien Timeline and our first highlight is on the Company arriving in Rivendell.
Early on in the pages of The Hobbit, Thorin and Company (the 13 dwarves + Bilbo and Gandalf) visit Rivendell and take a short rest from their traveling. Rivendell (or Imladris in Sindarin) is of course the beautiful elven town near the Misty Mountains, founded by Elrond.
Tolkien never gave us the exact date of their arrival, though there are a couple of Middle Earth scholars who make a guess. Each scholar seems to have a different guess than the others, but all the dates have something in common: they’re in early June. Therefore, we’re just going to mark early June as the estimated arrival.
“Here it is at last!” [Gandalf] called, and the others gathered round him and looked over the edge. They saw a valley far below. They could hear the voice of hurrying water in rocky bed at the bottom; the scent of trees was in the air; and there was a light on the valley-side across the water. Bilbo never forgot the way they slithered and slipped in the dusk down the steep zig-zag path into the secret valley of Rivendell.
“Hmmm! it smells like elves!” thought Bilbo, and he looked up at the stars. They were burning bright and blue. Just then there came a burst of song like laughter in the trees:
O! What are you doing,
And where are you going?
Your ponies need shoeing!
The river is flowing!
here down in the valley!..
So [the elves] laughed and sang in the trees; and pretty fair nonsense I daresay you think it. Not that they would care they would only laugh all the more if you told them so. They were elves of course. Soon Bilbo caught glimpses of them as the darkness deepened. He loved elves, though he seldom met them…
Tired as he was, Bilbo would have liked to stay awhile. Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, in June under the stars…
The Company stayed in Rivendell “fourteen days at least,” and became refreshed and rejuvenated after their dealings with the trolls.
We thought a matcha latte would be a perfect addition to this photoshoot because its color matched oh so perfectly with the artwork of Rivendell. Plus, matcha lattes are a very earthy, natural drink making them perfect for a modern day elf. Our own modern day Legolas: Leander Green is quite a fan of the beverage himself.
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1 tbsp hot (not boiling) water
- 1 tsp – 1 tbsp honey (or preferred sweetener, i.e. maple syrup, sugar, stevia )
- 1 cup milk of choice (almond, soy, hemp, rice, cow, etc.)
Heat up the water, but don’t boil it. Add matcha and water to mug and whisk. Combine milk and sweetener in small saucepan and heat until small bubbles appear on the edges of the pan. (Don’t bring milk to a boil!) Turn off heat and froth the milk for about 10 seconds with a frother. (If you don’t have a frother you can skip this step or froth it the best you can with a whisk.) Add the milk to the matcha. Your latte is now complete! Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!
Always remember: adventure first, breakfast second
-Marissa and Victoria