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Happy Hobbit: Applesauce – Episode 53

What to do with all of those wormy apples? Make applesauce, of course!

 

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Happy Hobbit: All Hallows Fantasy Faire – Episode 52

hallows faire

Kili ventured to the mountains in the east for a spooktacular celebration and met several delightful folks along the way! Filmed in Sonora, CA.

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Happy Hobbit: Hobbity Halloween – Episode 51

hobbity halloween

Join Fili to learn how to spook up your All Hallows Eve with hobbity twists on those human traditions!

 

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Kili’s Review of Tolkien’s Beowulf

Back at the start of the summer, staffer GreenDragon generously asked the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to send me a copy of Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf to review. While I started the book right away, this review has been delayed by producing Happy Hobbit and attending four conventions, along with writing two books and a script on top of daily life and work, which is a long-winded way to say that I apologize for my tardiness!

While still an undergrad, I took a course in Old English which was an introduction to the language, followed by a semester of translating Beowulf. A year isn’t enough time to master a dead language, and I was attempting to master two at once, for I was also taking Latin at the time (an alternate nickname for me could be Hermione), so I won’t be able to go into the nitty gritty mechanics of the language like Tolkien does in his notes, but I will offer what insight my education allows!

dead languages

This is what studying two dead languages looks like.

To offer some context, I will say that Old English is the name we have given to the Anglo Saxon language, for after a strong French influence after the Norman Conquest of 1066, Old English morphed into Modern English. It is important to note, as well, that Anglo Saxon is the language of our (even if you aren’t of English descent, you’re reading this in English) conquerors, for the Nordic tribes of the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes invaded England after the withdrawal of the Roman Empire around 410 CE. They renamed the island Angle-Land. England. So while Beowulf is attributed as being the first great epic in English, it is significant that it is a story from the culture that conquered the island and that its setting is in the conquering nation’s homeland in the north, not England, even though the manuscript was recorded and found in an English monastery, hidden beneath pages of religious text. All of this would have been known to J.R.R. Tolkien at the time of his translation in the 1920s.

Firstly, I will say that my reason for taking Old English was driven by my obsession with Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. I was first exposed to Beowulf in seventh grade when I read a version of the poem for one of my classes. Enamored with the culture and the exciting, heroic tale, it lingered in my mind in a way that few stories read for school had. In the Humanities Honors Program in college, we were exposed to the literature that laid the foundations for Western civilization and I once again read a translation of Beowulf (picturing Aragorn as Beowulf this time around, of course) and while in my proceeding English courses I avoided the works I had already read, Beowulf was the one text I would read every time I was asked. As such, I have been exposed to three or four translations, including my own.

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Happy Hobbit: Lembas Bread – Episode 50

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Join Kili and Fili to celebrate both our 50th episode and 2-year anniversary with some homemade Lembas bread! Recipe below.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup of honey
3 oz sliced almonds
1/4 cup melted butter
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon grated orange peel or dried fruit (optional)

Instructions

1. Crack the eggs into the blender and mix on high for about 3 minutes with the honey, almonds, and any fruit. Turn off the blender to scrape the sides if the almonds stick to them.

2. Add 1 cup of the flour and blend well.

3. Scrape the batter into a bowl and stir in the remaining flour until it is an even consistency.

4. Drop onto a greased pan at low heat and cook like a pancake, or use a waffle or krumcake iron if you have one.

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A Long Walk to NYCC…

NYCC

We tried to film an episode on how to survive in a city, but we kept getting interrupted by this strange man in a TORn shirt… As a result, here are our attempts at an urban episode, complete with a special guest, Thorongil! And where is he headed? To New York Comic Con, of course! Unfortunately, he’s starting his journey from California. Do you think he will make it to the other side of the country in time?

Note: if you haven’t guessed it yet, this skit was our fun way to get you the NYCC details! ;) We hope all who go have a blast!

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Happy Hobbit: Blackberry Jam – Episode 49

Blackberry Jam YT

If you have a bunch of blackberries that you don’t know what to do with (or a little sister who decided to hug the bag on the walk home from blackberrying, smashing everything), then this is the episode for you! Join Kili to learn how to make blackberry jam, sorta!

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Happy Hobbit: Dwarven Surprise Party – Episode 49

Dwarven Surprise Party YT

Ever wanted to invade a stranger’s house like a group of dwarves to eat all their food as a birthday surprise? Join us to find out how and learn Sam’s Rabbit Stew recipe once we’re there!

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Happy Hobbit: Samwise’s Bass – Episode 47

samwise bass

Join our big brother Samwise to learn how to clean and gut a fresh-caught bass before turning it into a delicious garlicy meal! (Squeamish hobbits — ye be warned! This episode contains the gutting of a fish).

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Happy Hobbit: Strawberry Shortbread Pie – Episode 46

Shortbread Pie

Join Fili to learn how to make a sweet summer treat that even elves will devour… or will they? See recipe below!

STRAWBERRY SHORTBREAD PIE

For the crust:
Remember — this exact recipe may end up being a little more than enough for just one pie. If this happens, use the extra dough to form shapes to decorate your pie! This makes a great cookie, too!

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup confectioner’s sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Mix together the cold butter, flour, and confectioner’s sugar. Using a pastry cutter to mix it all together will help. Once it is mixed together into an even crust, take the amount you need to evenly cover the bottom of the tin. Make sure it is not too thin on the bottom or else it will burn, and not too thick on the edges.
3. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Always set the bake time lower in case your oven is acting up!
4. Remove from oven and let it cool completely before you dress it up with the berries!

For the filling:

Ingredients
1 quart fresh strawberries (or more!)
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water

Instructions

1. After the crust has baked and cooled, arrange around half the whole strawberries until the crust is covered.

2. Mash the remaining berries in a bowl before adding the sugar. Once mixed, cook it together in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Be sure to stir it the entire time!

3. On the side, whisk together cornstarch and water. Once the berry mixture is boiling, stir the cornstarch mixture in and reduce heat to low. Stir constantly until it thickens into a gelatin-like substance. This could be 5 to 10 minutes depending on how your stove cooks, eyeball it!

4. Once it is ready, pour it over the strawberries that are already in the crust. Place any decorations such as the hearts we did above on the pie before it sets up too much. Then last, put it in the fridge for several hours before eating!

5. Eat it all! Whip cream or not, this pie will be gone in a night! Especially if you have Legolas around ;).

Enjoy!

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Happy Hobbit: San Diego Comic Con 2014

best pic eva

Join us in the mad journey of SDCC 2014, through the Exhibit Hall to TheOneRing.net panel, a life-sized Smaug, and a hula-dancing Kili!

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Happy Hobbit: Woodlore – Episode 45

Woodlore for YT

Join Kili for a walk in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and a hunt for a bear as she shares her knowledge of the forests, just like a Ranger or an Elf and start building your own knowledge of the woods!

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