The Lord of the Rings and tea……

Although he adored the city of Paris, JRR Tolkein hated the food. “I detest French cooking” he declared, adding that he only liked “good plain food and good tea”

On the subject of tea, whilst at his prep school the young Tolkein and a few other boys formed a secret tea drinking club, sneaking tea and refreshments into the school buildings. According to one of his biographers, a Humphrey Carter; Tolkein appeared to have “spent most of his waking hours in the 1920`s” having tea with one person or another.

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