|“||Where did you come by this weed, you villains?||”|
–Gimli, The Lord Of The Rings The Two Towers
|“||Where would we hobbits be without pipe-weed?||”|
Pipe-weed is an item used with a pipe to blow smoke rings. You must have pipe-weed in your inventory to use a pipe, and every time you blow a smoke ring one piece of pipe-weed is consumed. Every consumed pipe-weed restores 1 ().
Pipe-weed can be made from drying leaves in a furnace or Hobbit oven (and is the only non-food item which the latter can smelt besides reeds). It can also be obtained as a drop from Hobbits, or purchased from bartenders.
The first step to producing your own pipe-weed is to get a pipe-weed plant (or Sweet Galenas). In the renewed version only this is called 'Wild Pipe-weed' and has the texture shown to the right above. It is found quite commonly in the Shire and (since Public Beta 29) rarely in Gondor, Ithilien and Dor-en-Ernil (and their sub-biomes), in patches similar to other plants. It emits smoke particles, similarly to the pipe-weed crop. Using bone meal on the grass in the Shire may yield them.
If hit, it drops one plant. These are stackable up to 64. When crafted on a regular crafting table, it makes two seeds.
In the third step, sow those seeds, to obtain a pipe-weed crop. When the crop is fully grown, it emits smoke particles and can be harvested. It drops 1-3 leaves and 1-3 seeds. They are found naturally in some Hobbit farms. Pipe-weed is a favourite among Hobbits, and so is predominately found in this region.
The fourth and last step is to harvest pipe-weed leaves and dry them in a furnace or Hobbit oven to produce pipe-weed, which can then be smoked using a pipe. Smoking replenishes 1 (), so pipe-weed can also be seen as food. The leaves can also be sold to bartenders in the Shire and Uruk traders.
Pipe-weed was originally brought to Middle-earth by the Númenóreans during the Second Age. It is known by many names throughout Middle-earth, including Sweet Galenas (Dúnedain of the North), Westmans-Weed (Gondor) and, of course, Pipe-weed (Hobbits). Gandalf himself was taught how to smoke it by the hobbits. Saruman originally advised Gandalf against it, but eventually he gave in and took up smoking himself. There are several varieties of pipe-weed, grown in different regions of Middle-Earth. These varieties include Old Toby, Longbottom Leaf, Southlinch, and Southern Star. Pipe-weed is highly valued by the hobbits and, as the LotR mod hobbit speech banks will tell you, the hobbits believe they would be lost without it. It was smoked by many of the peoples of Middle-earth. Gandalf, Gimli and Strider were notable smokers of the plant.
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