According to Pobst, who worked on the Xbox version of 2002′s The Fellowship of the Ring adventure game, initially there were going to be pumpkin patches in the Shire and “the Tolkien Enterprises people went nuts about it,” to the point where production had to be shut down while the pumpkins were removed. The reason? Because Middle-Earth is meant to be inspired by an ancient version of Europe, and pumpkins are native to North America. Therefore, nobody who lives in the Shire would ever know such a plant existed. Meanwhile, elves and dragons are real. I just want to point out the dichotomy there. Pumpkins: no; elves and dragons: yes.