The Hoggit (Not Anything To Do With J.R.R. Tolkien… or Peter Jackson)

“For the time will soon come when Hobbits will shape the fortunes of all.”

Prophetic words spoken by Lady Galadriel. However, there is an arguably more important but more obscure, similar sounding word, which you might not have heard of… the hoggit. For anyone familiar with farming we aren’t not talking about sheep either.

We recently posted about the port tradition of passing port round the table, periodically invoking the name of the Bishop of Norwich if necessary.

There is a traditional way of avoiding this awkward situation. That’s right, you can use a hoggit. Before you have visions of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee serving your drinks, let me explain that a hoggit is a kind of decanter.

It has a curved bottom which means that it cannot be set down on the table without falling over. It is designed to only sit on a special curved wooden rest, which usually sits to the right of the host. The host may then be assured that the port will be passed all the way around the table and can only be set down again on it’s base.

Why is it called a hoggit? Erm… ahem… because it means you can’t hoggit?!

Image is of a Hobbit Hole“ by Jeff HitchcockFlickr: Butterfly Catcher. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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