The Connection Between Food and Fairies

By Patrick J. Deneen for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

It turns out locally-produced food is not only good for the body, but the spirit – especially the human capacity to intuit the sanctity of the world.

“[Family life must have been different] in the days when a family had fed on the produce of the same few miles of country for six generations, and that perhaps was why they saw nymphs in the fountains and dryads in the wood – they were not mistaken for there was in a sense real (not metaphorical) connections between them and the countryside. What had been earth and air and later corn, and later still bread, really was in them. We of course who live on a standardized international diet…are artificial beings and have no connection (save in sentiment) with any place on earth. We are synthetic men, uprooted. The strength of the hills is not ours.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien, from an unpublished letter to Arthur Greeves, June 22, 1930

Hat tip: Gloria Deo

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