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17 March 2008 @ 09:17 pm
Well-stocked Larders: Food and Diet of Hobbits  
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080211/green-a.shtml

An interesting and well-written essay on the eating habits of hobbits, as deduced by the author.

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I do disagree with her thoughts on the use of the word corn, however. The word corn is used as late as Regency times to refer to many types of grain, such as wheat, rye, oats, etc. How the word corn became almost exclusively the word for the Native American maize is a good question, indeed.

I beleive that Tolkien was using the older meaning of corn and the essay writer made a simple but easy to make mistake.
 
 
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lindahoylandlindahoyland on March 18th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
In the UK, corn is generally taken to mean wheat not maize which we call sweetcorn.A corn field is a field of wheat.I assume that is what Tolkien meant.

Edited at 2008-03-18 04:05 pm (UTC)