Characters: Thranduil, Master of Esgaroth
Book/Source: pre-Hobbit (book)
Disclaimer: Middle-Earth belongs to Tolkien, I'm just playing a bit with it for fun.
Note: The Master of Esgaroth is not meant to be the one we meet in the Hobbit.
Many thanks to shadowycat for looking this over! All remaining faults are my own.
The Master of Esgaroth bowed deeply, his hair wiping the floor in the process.
King Thranduil tried his best to ignore the fawning behaviour of the man, which he found disgusting; he was here for negotiations, after all, and to establish some diplomatic relations with the lake-dwellers.
A cup of wine was offered and a plate with some flat, rounded cakes. Accepting a piece, he took a bite. His eyes went round with surprise. What a fascinating taste! Pungent, even hot, but sweet, not savoury.
“Delicious,” he said. “What is this intriguing flavour?“
“Ginger, a spicy root from the South.”