the hobbit

gingerbread smaug

Behold, the fierce and imposing dragon from The Hobbit as a holiday dessert! Smaug was made by Caroline Erikkson (she’s also built Optimus Prime from gingerbread), and I’m stunned by all the details. Just look at the individual scales and all of the teeth!

Aftonbladet detailed the making of process and states Erikkson spent about two weeks creating gingerbread Smaug. I think it would take someone just as long to eat the entire thing.

Watch the making of video after the break.

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Smaug spends most of his time covered in gold and looking menacing, but he occasionally takes a break to look fantastic in cake form. Baker Sheila Haughie of I Love Cakes By Sheila crafted this stunning dessert for a Cakes from Middle-earth Cake Collaboration in honor of  The Hobbit. The cake features Smaug flying towards Lake-town saying “I am fire, I am death” and spewing flames. Haughie placed LEDs inside the chest of the dragon to make it glow.

See more pictures of this spectacular cake after the break.

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Start making room in your cupboard to hoard new Hobbit-inspired beer from Fish Brewing, Ocean Brands, and BevLink. My guess is everyone involved looked at the success of the Ommegang Game of Thrones beers and decided to give it a shot.

The trio of beers are at 10% ABV and feature Smaug, Gollum, and Bolg in the titles and on the labels. Here are the official descriptions from BevLink:

Gollum Precious Pils: A strong Imperial Pils, with flavors as smooth and crafty as Gollum himself. Like the ring which Gollum pursued for the rest of his life, his “precious” pils, if your quest leads you to it, could extend your life too! (at least we’d like to think so) It will, at a minimum, make your journey a little more enjoyable!

Smaug Stout: Smaug Stout is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilis to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting you in your journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of Coffee and Chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey.

Bolg Belgian Tripel: An Orc chieftain who ruled for 150 years, Bolg would drink his grog of choice and no one would tell him otherwise – a flavorful strong Belgian Tripel. Some said it refined an otherwise gruesome character

While I think they missed an opportunity to make classier looking labels, the premise is fun.

Distribution of the beer will begin in the west (it happens to be because of location, but I love that it’s also a Middle-earth reference), but they hope to make the brews available throughout the United States.

See the Gollum and Bolg labels after the break.

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Tolkien books cake

Committing to reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is no small feat. Especially if you include The Silmarillion. We have a suggestion for another way you can enjoy his stories: you can eat them! This wedding cake by Bake My Cake features The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a delicious and beautiful stack. Looking at the size of the books, it seems as though she’s basing The Hobbit on the films by Peter Jackson.

(via Nilsun Yencilek)

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We all love food and drinks with nerdy themes, especially when it comes from an equally geeky establishment. Unfortunately, going out to eat and being greeted by a nerdy menu is still something of a rare event. We don’t know why, but many places still choose to use the rather boring menu format without a themed-item in sight!

To fulfill our craving for creatively geeky menus, we conducted a search around the world. Here are nine of the nerdiest menus from the United States and abroad. See the menus and some of their deliciously nerdy food and drink after the break!

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bombur spoon

In The Hobbit films, we definitely get the impression that Bombur likes his food. He is a very determined eater, and he’s the most portly of the dwarf’s adventuring company. Therefore, if you’re going to woodburn the character into anything, a spoon is pretty much perfect.

This design by Julia Salveny features an intricate portrait of the character on one side accompanied by the phrase “When I eat, I am deaf and dumb.” It appears in Dwarf Runes on the other side. Rather than using it as a utensil, I think I’d keep this for display purposes only.

(via Twitter)

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Made by deviantARTist MirachRavaia.

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thorin latte



Denny’s is jumping back into the hobbit hole with a themed menu for The Desolation of Smaug. They embraced the first installment of The Hobbit trilogy last year, and it was apparently successful enough to warrant another take. It looks about as unappetizing as last time though. They’ve brought back the Hobbit Hole Breakfast but also added Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes, Smaug’s Fire Burger, Bowman’s Brew Pumpkin Coffee, Honey Cakes French Toast, and Bard’s Pumpkin Pie Milkshake. I mean, I can picture Thorin sitting down and slurping a milkshake, can’t you?

Though this is an okay gimmick, I desperately wish New Line would partner with a restaurant that could actually execute recipes from the book and movies. Sigh.

Be sure to click the menu to enlarge.

(via GrubGrade)

Bilbo Baggins cake

Until he sets off with the company of dwarves in The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins was quite a homebody. He liked to be in Bag End reading or having tea rather than out in the rain and cold without the comforts of home. When he returned from his adventure, he had to write about it. This cake by Marianne features the hobbit in a comfortable chair surrounded by maps, books, a sketch of Gandalf, and even the ring. It’s nothing short of amazing.

(via @TheHobbitMovie)