"We are getting near," said Gandalf. "We are on the edge of his bee-pastures." --JRR Tolkein, The Hobbit
As part of my 4-H project this year, I'm looking for references to beekeeping in literature. I'd like to compile as large a list as I can, and then examine it for trends that could give clues to how bees are perceived. Given that, I'm not so much interested in works on beekeeping as such, but fictional references such as the one above, poetry, mythology, and non-fiction works that use beekeeping as a metaphor are fair game. I'll be sharing my conclusions on my blog and website.
This is a pretty broad field, so I need your help! Is there a reference to bees in your favorite book, or a book you've read recently? Please post information about the book and anything you can remember about the reference so that I can find it.
Thanks so much!