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Type: Cities, Towns, Settlements

Region: Bree/The Shire

Location: A village in the western end of the Green Hills, where the Great Smials are located; the political center of Tookland.


'Tooks are lucky, they've got those deep holes in the Green Hills, the Great Smials and all, and the ruffians can't come at 'em....'

'Good for the Tooks!' cried Pippin. 'But ... I am off to the Smials. Anyone coming with me to Tuckborough?'

Pippin rode off.... 'See you soon!' he cried. 'It's only fourteen miles or so [from Bywater] over the fields.'

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

But suitable sites for ... smials ... were not everywhere to be found; and in the flats ... the Hobbits ... began to build above ground. Indeed, even in the hilly regions and the older villages, such as Hobbiton or Tuckborough, or in the chief township of the Shire, Michel Delving on the White Downs, there were now many houses of wood, brick, or stone.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Concerning Hobbits

'Which question shall I answer first?' said Pippin. 'My father farms the lands round Whitwell near Tuckborough in the Shire.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

Since Meriadoc and Peregrin became the heads of their great families, and at the same time kept up their connexions with Rohan and Gondor, the libraries at Bucklebury and Tuckborough contained much that did not appear in the Red Book. ...

At Great Smials the books were of less interest to Shire-folk, though more important for larger history.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Note on the Shire Records

Not many ancient documents were preserved in the Shire. At the end of the Third Age far the most notable survival was Yellowskin, or the Yearbook of Tuckborough ... [recording] births, marriages, and deaths in the Took families, as well as matters, such as land-sales, and various Shire events.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix D, The Calendars

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 18Aug06

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