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Far Downs

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Bree/The Shire

Other Names Fox Downs

Location: A north-south line of low, rounded hills, the original westernmost boundary of the Shire, the Far Downs is found in Westfarthing.

Description:

[The] Fallohide brothers, ... crossed the brown river Baranduin with a great following of Hobbits. They passed over the Bridge of Stonebows..., and they took all the land beyond to dwell in, between the river and the Far Downs. ...

Forty leagues it stretched from the Far Downs to the Brandywine Bridge, and fifty from the northern moors to the marshes in the south. The Hobbits named it the Shire...

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Concerning Hobbits

Frodo and Sam passed through the Far Downs on their way to the Grey Havens, with Elrond, Galadriel, and Bilbo:
And when they had passed from the Shire, going about the south skirts of the White Downs, they came to the Far Downs, and to the Towers, and looked on the distant Sea; and so they rode down at last to Mithlond, to the Grey Havens in the long firth of Lune.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 9, The Grey Havens

Elanor the Fair marries Fastred of Greenholm on the Far Downs.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

The Westmarch, from the Far Downs to the Tower Hills (Emyn Beraid), is added to the Shire by the gift of the King.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

Contributors: docmon, 18 Sept 05
added quotes: Elena TIriel 18Aug06

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