There is a cute moment in the movie where Pippin asks about "Second Breakfast". I recall food being important to Hobbits, but I don't recall a similar scene in the book. The movie scene is very memorable, I think I would remember if it was in the book also.

Is the scene and/or the concept of "Second Breakfast" unique to the movie?

  • It's not even unique to Tolkien (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_breakfast), although the phrase is not so cutely contradictory in German since "break fast" inherently means "first meal" whereas "Früh" just means "early". Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 19:22

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No, it's in the books as well

The Hobbit :

Bilbo began to whistle loudly and to forget about the night before. In fact he was just sitting down to a nice little second breakfast in the dining-room by the open window, when in walked Gandalf.

Fellowship of the Ring :

As for the Hobbits of the Shire ... And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them). They were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave away freely and eagerly accepted.

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    +1. I was just looking for that half remembered quote from LotR to add my own answer, but you beat me to it. :) Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 13:15
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    @avnershahar-kashtan - I've got the books in my calibre library where I can search them easily.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 14:01
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    What was the sixth meal? I remember breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper.
    – JohnP
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 14:46
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    The movie line included afternoon tea as well. Very British. That sequence was one of the non-textual adjustments made that I approve of because it replaced authorial voice narration in the text (i.e. "tell me") with a properly characterized dialog conveying the same thing ("show me"). Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 15:44
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    The six meals aren't explicitly named, so "Second Breakfast" might not be a name of a meal in the way we understand "breakfast" to be. It's not really said either way, but the idea behind it is certainly there.
    – Tim S.
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 17:30

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