Places in Middle-earth
Region: Bree/The Shire
[Buckland] was originally unprotected from the East; but on that side they had built a hedge: the High Hay.... It ran all the way from Brandywine Bridge, in a big loop curving away from the river, to Haysend (where the Withywindle flowed out of the Forest into the Brandywine)....
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 5, A Conspiracy Unmasked
'That... is the line of the Withywindle. It comes down out of the Downs and flows south-west through the midst of the Forest to join the Brandywine below Haysend. We don't want to go that way!'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 6, The Old Forest
The word is derived from hay 'fence' (not 'grass').... Compare High Hay, Hay Gate, Haysend, place-names in Buckland.
"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 14Mar08