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What is the practical difference between lembas and miruvor?

Peter86

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As far as I can tell, lembas is like actual food whereas miruvor is more like a kind of energy drink that grants new strength.
Is this correct?
Or were they somewhat interchangeable in terms of nutrition and energy boost?
Would Frodo and Sam be able to survive on only miruvor during their journey to Mount Doom, for example?
 

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Concerning miruvor, the effect seems to be like a brandy when you're cold and your spirit is down:

As soon as Frodo had swallowed a little of the warm and fragrant liquor he felt a new strength of heart, and the heavy drowsiness left his limbs. The others also revived and found fresh hope and vigour.

If my clumsy comparison with brandy holds, then you'd hardly want to live on brandy alone...

By contrast, the function of lembas in the overall story-line is to provide a solution to the otherwise impossible problem of letting the main characters (Frodo and Sam, essentially) travel autonomously long distances, almost without any fresh food supplies, for 30 days.
 

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