Character: Gandalf and Estel [The Teacher and The Willing Pupil]
Source: AU Middle-earth
Disclaimer: The landscape is all Tolkien’s, but since he didn’t mention it... someone had to tell him!
Gandalf insisted Estel experience the unfamiliar. Slimy, thin-shelled creatures that crawled the woods above Lake Nenuil stewed with garlic were a revelation, but this...
Visiting Belfalas the first time, Gandalf ordered sea-fruits. The be-whiskered many-legged rock-crawlers proved delicious when peeled of their ‘armour’, but...
Gandalf proffered a half-shell; the grey-beige, knobbly flesh looked disgusting.
"Tip it into your mouth, but don’t chew!"
Taking a deep breath, Estel hesitated before... He badly wanted to spit, but the amused faces watching stopped him. Ocean salt-tang enveloped his senses as he swallowed. It was... indescribable.
"See? You can like snails and oysters!"