In Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, the fictional Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and a guide named Hans begin their adventure by descending into Iceland's Snæfellsjökull volcano. But their story only comes full circle (get it?) when they're ejected from the bowels of the Earth through an eruption of Stromboli.
The volcano may feature in another prominent literary work: J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings. Apparently, fans (and at least one scholar) think the real-life volcano is the inspiration for Mount Doom (aliases: Orodruin and Amon Amarth), a volcano in Mordor controlled by Sauron. Director Peter Jackson didn't take the hint. In the film adaptation, two of New Zealand's active volcanoes, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu, stand in for Doom instead.
Every interesting food item has a contested origin story. But whether it was invented in 1950 in Pennsylvania or 1954 in Spokane, both supposed creators of the stromboli—the cheesy Italian turnover—credit their inspiration to Stromboli, a film about a woman (played by Ingrid Bergman) taken to live on the barren volcanic island after World War II. What this tragic interment camp romance has to do with pre-folded pizza remains unclear.
And speaking of film: The evil puppet-maker in Disney's 1940 film Pinnochio is named Stromboli. In the original 1883 book by Carlo Collodi, this character had been named Mangiafuoco.
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