Rohan is my very favorite of all the lands in Middle Earth. Maybe it’s because Eowyn is my favorite character, or maybe it’s because of the quiet nobility of the people there. I love that their culture is rustic while still being dignified and strong.
Rohan food is simple. Lots of meat, cheese, and bread. It all seems quite medieval. In a couple scenes of the Lord of the Rings, people in Rohan eat soups and stews, so I tried my best to recreate a stew that would be eaten in Rohan. I used this medieval beef stew recipe as my inspiration, and tweaked it a little bit according to my own personal tastes and according to what I believe a man or woman of Rohan would eat. The result was the epitome of comfort food, perfect to stave off the cold.
Rohan Beef Stew – A Lord of the Rings Recipe
1 lb beef stew meat
6 cups beef broth
1 carrot, diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 onion, minced
3 Tablespoons parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons sage
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
salt and pepper, to taste
- Place all ingredients, except breadcrumbs, into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, and simmer the stew for about an hour, or until the beef is cooked through.
- Add the breadcrumbs to the stew, and stir until the broth is thickened.