Arwen’s Apple Wheat Muffins
Recipe by Astrid Winegar
Since it’s May and we are hearkening back to the Creation in The Silmarillion, I thought I would share a recipe that would please a Valar such as Yavanna, the giver of fruits. Where would any of us be without her gifts? These muffins are filled with fruit, nuts, spices, and grains; all essentials to a Middle-earth diet.

These are relatively healthy muffins which are rather low in sugar, so they are suitable for savory or sweet purposes. I love a dollop of orange marmalade for a spread.

Arwen’s Apple Wheat Muffins

Though the elf Arwen is a character hardly ever seen in the text of The Lord of the Rings, an observant reader will surmise that she is indeed the romantic touchstone for Aragorn. One needs to read Appendix A, section (v) to learn about the great and mostly timeless love between them (“Here follows a part of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen”). Peter Jackson’s film trilogy contrives to use her character quite a bit more. Regardless of one’s opinion about this, the film trilogy does incorporate the Appendix story in a hauntingly beautiful scene in The Two Towers. I wouldn’t know if Arwen can cook or bake, but I think these muffins would be enjoyed by almost any Middle-earth denizen (except for orcs, of course, and post-Ring Gollum…).

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup old-fashioned oats . . .

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Astrid Tuttle Winegar

Author, Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls

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