Elleth wrote:In retrospect, I think my needwallet is still on the large side, though how to get it smaller and still have room for a couple crackers and a cordial I've not yet figured out. Eventually I'll give it another go, but it'll be a while I fear.
I think one of the tricks with size is that it takes a great deal more mass of wafers made using the techniques and foodstuffs available to US in this day and age to create something that has ANY sustaining properties than it would have in 3rd Age Middle-earth, given the superior knowledge and plausibly magical materials at hand. My wallet is roughly the same height and width as yours, but is actually deeper front-to-back to accommodate my current plain glass phial and a sizable mound of whole-grain hardtack. Enough to be, well...useful? If I made it smaller to have more of a "packet" feel like as described in the 1A reference, I feel like its contents, being non-elven and quite 7A Grocery store-spawned, would be negligible at best. So since I'm carrying it, it might as well be big enough to be useful. Given that it's carried at the small of my back, it never
gets in the way, and actually provides a rather nice pad from a stiff tree trunk when leaning while sitting on the ground, so I haven't felt a need to go smaller.
Added bonus: since it's nicely sized, it has a folded map of Middle-earth on parchment tucked inside. Someday, I'll replace it with a regional map, seeing as having a map of the entire known world might not be plausible in Eriador, but it's nice to have! There's actually a glimpse of my map on the cover of the last Edge of the Wild newsletter.