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Places in Middle-earth


Type: Cities, Towns, Settlements

Region: Bree/The Shire

Location: A town along the East Road in the Eastfarthing, east of Frogmorton and north of the Yale.


Map of the Shire.
The Shire, showing Whitfurrows on the East Road, east of Frogmorton.
Drawn by the Ring [Khamûl] goes to Hobbiton which he reaches at evening on Fri. Sep. 23rd. [His companion] keeps an eye on the East Road and Stock Road, lurking probably between the two, just south of Whitfurrows.

From an unpublished manuscript by Tolkien (Marquette MSS 4/2/36)
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull, Book 1, Ch 3, Three is Company

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

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 12Jan12

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