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Undertowers

Type: Buildings, Halls, Houses

Region: Bree/The Shire

Meaning: Under the Tower Hills

Location: Tower Hills (Emyn Beraid), The Westmarch, The Shire

Description:
History

1455 SR/34 IV Fastred and Elanor make their dwelling at Undertowers on the Tower Hills, where their descendants, the Fairbairns of the Towers, dwelt for many generations.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years

By the end of the first century of the Fourth Age there were already to be found in the Shire several libraries that contained many historical books and records.

The largest of these collections were probably at Undertowers, at Great Smials, and at Brandy Hall. This account of the end of the Third Age [The Lord of the Rings] is drawn mainly from the Red Book of Westmarch. That most important source for the history of the War of the Ring was so called because it was long preserved at Undertowers, the home of the Fairbairns, Wardens of the Westmarch.

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

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 6.16.04

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