3 Hobbit-Like Pastimes
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth is a vastly expansive, largely preindustrial world. Not to mention one I love. So, today I want to talk about three pastimes or hobbies that I enjoy and that would fit into it. Especially the ones I find remind me of Bilbo, Frodo, and Hobbits in general. My, if you will, top three Hobbit-like pastimes.
I hope at the end of this, post you’ll be convinced about the benefit of them. And that you will be inspired to give one, or more, a try.
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This is a book blog, so it comes as no surprise that my top Hobbit-like hobby is to read. But more than that, it holds the top spot because Hobbits and many other species in Tolkien’s world did not have TV, radio, or the internet.
Hobbits who could read, because not everyone could, spent a lot of time reading. They read legends and fairytales, history, genealogies etc. Some were even able to read Elvish and this opened up a whole new world of literature for them. Much like how learning to read another language or expanding the genres we read opens up new forms of literature for modern bookworms.
Each time I read a book, The Hobbit or The Lord of The Rings or a book of mythology especially, I feel a connection to Middle-Earth. It is like I’m sitting by a fire in a Hobbit hole and reading my favorite book.
We’re lucky enough to live in a time where cooking is a hobby for many people. Where people don’t have to cook outside of heating something up in the microwave if they wish to. But I personally love to cook. The feeling of eating a meal prepared with your own hands is like nothing else, especially when combined with good company.
So, what is my favorite thing to cook?
Bread. Yep, bread. It’s not super fancy but there is a wide variety of it due to the fact it has been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. And that isn’t counting the myriad of regional variations a specific type of bread may have. There’s nothing like a good bowl of porridge or a warm hunk of bread with some tea on a cold day. And some cold-cuts, bread and homemade ice tea on a summer’s day? Just perfect.
I have three blogs I would suggest to anyone that wants to dip their toes into the waters of food blogs.
Kitchen Tested: A kosher food blog, Melinda Strauss’ Kitchen tested is a great look into the world of kosher cook with some rustic, downright Hobbit-like recipes on offer.
The Geeky Chef: A wonderful blog and series of cookbooks that run the gamut of geeky food. Looking at the recipe names often makes me smile and the pictures make my mouth water.
King Arthur Flour: This wonderful blog is run by the flour company and has a variety of flour-based recipes. It is also my personal go-to for bread.
Knitting & Crochet
More than just being something Ori does in the movie adaptation of the Hobbit, knitting, and crochet are fiber arts with a long history. This, in my opinion, makes them a perfect Hobbit-like pastime. Not only do they allow someone to disconnect from the internet for a time, you get something of them in the end.
And let’s be fair, knitting and crochet are as analytical as they are creative in nature. Which is what I love the most about them. I can develop patterns as well rif on other people’s when a pattern isn’t quite perfect. I’ve even decided to take up spinning because knitting yarn of my own creation sounds ridiculously Hobbit-like and fun. I’m sure there are spinners in the Shire.
What Are Your Hobbies And Do you Think Them Hobbit-like?