Places in Middle-earth
Type: Rivers & Lakes
Region: Bree/The Shire
The hobbits scrambled down a steep green bank.... Their course had been chosen to leave Woodhall to their left, and to cut slanting through the woods that clustered along the eastern side of the hills, until they reached the flats beyond. Then they could make straight for the Ferry ...
When they had struggled to the bottom of the bank, they found a stream running down from the hills behind in a deeply dug bed with steep slippery sides overhung with brambles. Most inconveniently it cut across the line they had chosen. They could not jump over it, nor indeed get across it at all without getting wet, scratched, and muddy. ...
Frodo led the way, and plunged quickly into the thick bushes beside the stream. ...
When they forced their way at last into more open ground, they were hot and tired and very scratched, and they were also no longer certain of the direction in which they were going. The banks of the stream sank, as it reached the levels and became broader and shallower, wandering off towards the Marish and the River.
'Why, this is the Stock-brook!' said Pippin. 'If we are going to try and get back on to our course, we must cross at once and bear right.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 4, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 19Aug06