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Places in Middle-earth


Type: Cities, Towns, Settlements

Region: Bree/The Shire

Other Names
Waymoot (Shire map and HoME only)

Location: Village in the Westfarthing on the Great East Road, at the intersection with the road to Sarn Ford; one of the places where the ruffians quartered during the Occupation of the Shire.


Waymeet. On the map of the Shire in Volume I this appears as Waymoot, but in the text modernised as Waymeet, a village at the meeting of three ways.

"Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
from A Tolkien Compass, compiled by Jared Lobdell
Chicago: Open Court Pub Co, June 1975

'Hobbiton's not [the ruffians'] only place, is it?' said Pippin.

'No...,' said Cotton.... '[They've] sheds at Waymeet.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire

Just then some hobbits, who had been sent out towards Hobbiton, came running in. 'They're coming!' they said. 'A score or more. But two have gone off west across country.'

'To Waymeet, that'll be,' said Cotton, 'to fetch more of the gang. Well, it's fifteen mile each way [from Bywater]. We needn't trouble about them just yet.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire

By midnight [the ruffians] had all assembled at [Waymeet 1], 18 miles west of the Bywater Road....

Sauron Defeated — The End of the Third Age, HoME Vol 9, Ch 9, The Scouring of the Shire

Merry... came riding in about ten o'clock. 'There's a big band about four miles away,' he said. 'They're coming along the road from Waymeet....'

The ruffians came tramping along the East Road, and without halting turned up the Bywater Road....

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire

1This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts. For the sake of clarity, earlier versions of proper names used by Tolkien in this draft have been replaced with the versions in use in the canon sources. All substitutions are marked with brackets.

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 20Aug06

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