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Type: Cities, Towns, Settlements

Region: Bree/The Shire

Location: A farming village in the Tookland; original home of Thain Paladin Took II and his son, Peregrin I (Pippin).


'Oh come!' said the lad.... '[How] old are you, and what is your name?.... What is your father?'

'Which question shall I answer first?' said Pippin. 'My father farms the lands round Whitwell 1 near Tuckborough in the Shire.'

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

Whitfurrows (in the Shire). Translate by sense, whit- being the usual shortening of white in personal names (Whitlock) and local names (Whitley). Compare Whitfoot. Similarly Whitwell in the Shire (an actual English place-name). The reference in English place-names is usually to the colour of the soil.

"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

1Pippin's father, Paladin Took II, had in fact assumed the office of Thain in 3015, four years prior to this conversation; he was therefore somewhat more prominent in the Shire than Pippin acknowledged to Bergil.

Elena Tiriel 19Aug06, 16Nov10

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