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Pipe-weed

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Pipe-weed was a plant of Middle-earth, in particular grown and enjoyed much by the hobbits of the Shire, to whom it was first introduced by Tobold Hornblower.

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History

It was first grown in the Shire by Tobold Hornblower in Longbottom around SR 1070 (the year 2670 of the Third Age). Despite its foreign origins, the hobbits were the first to use it for smoking. Pipe-weed production became a major industry in the Shire, especially in the south. [1]

The same plant was known among the Dúnedain as sweet galenas for its fragrance. In Gondor, it was known as Westman’s-weed, and grew there as a wild plant, appreciated most for its sweet-scented flowers. The colloquial name was in reference to its origins: it was apparently brought to Middle-earth by Númenóreans in the Second Age. [2]

Popular hobbit varieties of pipe-weed soon included Longbottom Leaf, Old Toby (named after Tobold Hornblower and revered by Bilbo Baggins), Southern Star, and Southlinch, which was grown in Bree.

Merry (of Peter Jackson’s films) smoking his pipe-weed

The Wizard Gandalf learned to smoke pipe-weed from the Hobbits and was known to blow elaborate smoke-rings. Saruman initially criticized him for this, but eventually took up smoking himself. After the destruction of Isengard, pipe-weed was found among its stores, but the hobbits Merry and Pippin failed to realized until later the implications of the discovery of Saruman’s commerce with the Shire. [3]

A barrel of “Southfarthing Leaf” in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Pipe-weed was a plant of Middle-earth, in particular grown and enjoyed much by thehobbits of the Shire, to whom it was first introduced byTobold Hornblower. 1 History 2 See also 3 Translations 4 References It was first grown in the Shire by Tobold Hornblower in Longbottom around SR 1070 (the…

Hobbit’s Weed

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Isaac
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nortac
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Enemygod

Lots of people have posted the recipe for this as well, which I believe is the same as one of the referenced tobaccos @nortac linked.

Most I have seen are like this:
50% Lane BCA
25% Lane Very Cherry
25% Sutliff 1m Vanilla

I’ve seen the recipe vary between Sutfliff 1-M and Lane 1-Q. I do a version with the above recipe, but I use Lane Black Raspberry in place of Lane Very Cherry, because I don’t really care for cherry flavor. I also add in some Carter Hall to give the smoke more body and help prevent it from burning hot.

Hirsute
Used to have fun with Commander Yellow Pantyhose

I’ve smoked Hobbit’s Weed, and it was pretty good. Definitely a cherry aromatic that doesn’t suck. Lots of recipes out there to replicate, as others have mentioned, but I haven’t tried any of those.

For cherry blends, I prefer the GH Cherry Cream Flake, GH Black Cherry Rope, and Solani Blue 369 (sometimes called the Sweetness of Perique, but the perique is very mild in it).

apollo11

Tewksbury and CO was my home Tobacconist for almost twenty years. Those guys would ship Hobbits Weed to every corner of the pipe smoking world. It was sad to see them shut their doors a few years ago, they left a large hole in downtown Denver tobacco community for sure.

Glad to see the pursuit of Hobbits Weed staying alive however.

So there is this mythical blend I have been reading about that has been discontinued for a spell. Anyone here know the blend and try it themselves? I feel…