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Tookland, The

Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Bree/The Shire

Location: The folkland of the Took clan; in the eastern Westfarthing, south of the Great East Road, around the western end of the Green Hills.

Description:

The Shire was divided into four quarters, the Farthings...; and these again each into a number of folklands, which still bore the names of some of the old leading families, although by the time of this history these names were no longer found only in their proper folklands. Nearly all Tooks still lived in the Tookland, but that was not true of many other families....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Of the Ordering of the Shire

After some time they crossed the Water, west of Hobbiton, by a narrow plank-bridge. The stream was there no more than a winding black ribbon, bordered with leaning alder-trees. A mile or two further south they hastily crossed the great road from the Brandywine Bridge; they were now in the Tookland and bending south-eastwards they made for the Green Hill Country.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 3, Three Is Company

'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; and they won't let the ruffians come on their land. If they do, Tooks hunt 'em. Tooks shot three for prowling and robbing. After that the ruffians turned nastier. And they keep a pretty close watch on Tookland. No one gets in nor out of it now.'

'Good for the Tooks!' cried Pippin. 'But someone is going to get in again, now. I am off to the Smials. Anyone coming with me to Tuckborough?'

Pippin rode off with half a dozen lads on ponies. '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

After breakfast a messenger from the Tookland rode in. He was in high spirits. 'The Thain has raised all our country,' he said, 'and the news is going like fire all ways. The ruffians that were watching our land have fled off south, those that escaped alive. The Thain has gone after them....'

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

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 18Aug06

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