Characters: Lalia Took, Hobbits
Book/Source: The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Disclaimer: Lalia is Tolkien’s, but these words are mine.
She held tightly to the pursestrings within the Great Smial, and insisted that the Tooks apply to her for remedies for their slightest wants. Yet there were never any economies applied to the purchasing of food. Starved as Lalia Clayhanger Took had been so much of her life for recognition and simple friendship, she refused to stint herself in the one commodity that had always brought her comfort—food.
Themselves deprived of broad ability to express their talents, the ladies under Lalia’s domination responded by cooking, and the Great Smial became reknowned for the quality of the table set.