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NaPoWriMo #19: How to Make Lembas Bread



Today’s prompt is to write a didactic (a “how to”) poem with a mythological or fantastical theme. How fun!

Legolas: “Lembas bread. One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man!”
Merry: “How many did you eat?”
Pippin: “Four.”
From the film, The Fellowship of the Ring, (2001)

How to Make Lembas Bread (Elven Way Bread)

To the world of Tolkien
You lose yourself.
Don the ears
and dress as an elf.

Imagination engaged
–if you can–
pull out the bowls
and the baking pan.

Mix the flour, the butter
–please be exact–
the salt, the sugar,
the vanilla extract.

Take hold of wonder
An ability to believe
Have a vision
And you will achieve.

The dough has chilled
The oven’s been lit
A few hours later,
With a cuppa, you sit,

You come to rest
and enjoy the end
And hold fast your
power to pretend.


ljgloyd (c) 2016

Here is a recipe for basic shortbread.  To make it into lembas bread, you just need a little imagination.


2 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo #19: How to Make Lembas Bread

  1. I love this. The quote at the beginning made me chuckle remembering that scene. Then your “recipe” with the all-important ingredient of imagination was wonderful.

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