Elevenses is apparently an actual thing in the UK and Ireland. It’s described as being like afternoon tea, but in the morning. A little less savory than brunch, served at 11:00 with coffee or tea.
As for the Middle Earth elevenses, I’m assuming the food served is similar. But it’s one of the seven daily hobbit meals (most famously listed by a distraught Pippin soon after realizing that Aragorn would not be stopping for Second Breakfast):
- 7:00am – Breakfast
- 9:00am – Second Breakfast
- 11:00am – Elevenses
- 1:00pm – Luncheon
- 4:00pm – Afternoon Tea
- 6:00pm – Dinner
- 8:00pm – Supper
((EDIT: Pippin lists all these meals in the Peter Jackson movie adaptation, but in the books “dinner” and “supper” are two words for the same meal, so it’s actually 6 meals that hobbits aspire to. In fact, the actual quote from the LotR Prologue is this: “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).” So it’s implied that hobbits don’t always manage to have all six meals.))
Of course, this is when they’re living in their nice cozy hobbit-holes, and not galavanting about Middle Earth, but still, must be nice.
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