|“||If you want to know what cram is, I can only say that I don’t know the recipe; but it is biscuitish, keeps good indefinitely, is supposed to be sustaining, and is certainly not entertaining, being in fact very uninteresting except as a chewing exercise. It was made by the Lake-men for long journeys.||”|
Cram is a food made by the Men of Dale, mentioned in The Hobbit and The Lord of Rings. It is a sort of equivalent to Lembas as it was used by Dale-men for long journeys; however, unlike Lembas it was bland and flavourless.
When eaten, cram restores 8 () hunger points. This makes it a very effective food. However, due to the salt requirement, it is more costly to make than bread, thus making it an inefficient use of resources.
The Dale-men had strong trade relations with the Dwarves of Durin's folk, and therefore Cram can be found naturally spawning in Dwarven structures, such as a Dwarven house. Merchants and bakers sell it as well.
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