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Crickhollow was a small village in Buckland, located a short way to the northeast of Brandy Hall.[1]

The house that Frodo Baggins bought in the village was quite isolated: It stood back from the lane in the middle of a wide lawn surrounded by low trees inside an outer hedge, and there were no other dwellings nearby.



It occasionally was occupied with those who grew tired of the often crowded Brandy Hall.[2]

In the summer of T.A. 3018, Frodo Baggins bought a house of the Brandybucks in Crickhollow. His reason was to find an excuse for leaving Hobbiton to the east.[3]

Ted Nasmith - Bathing at Crickhollow

On 25 September, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin arrived at the lodgings, where Merry and Fatty Bolger had prepared for their arrival. The next day Frodo and his party departed for the Old Forest while Fatty stayed at Crickhollow to maintain the pretense that Frodo was still in residence.[2] Frodo spent only one night; at dawn they picked up the ponies from a nearby stable and rode to the High Hay.

In the early hours of 30 September three Black Riders came to the house in Crickhollow,[4] but Fatty Bolger had already escaped. He had run to the nearest house from where the news of an invasion had gone swiftly to Brandy Hall, which resulted in the rousing of the hobbits of Buckland.[5]

After the War of the Ring, Merry and Pippin lived together for some time at Crickhollow.[6]


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The layout of Frodo's house by Karen Fonstad

Tolkien noted that the first element is obsolete and of obscure meaning. A hollow is a small depression in the ground.[7]

It is not clear in the Lord of the Rings whether Crickhollow was a village or a region occupied by a solitary house. The Encyclopedia of Arda mentions Crickhollow as a village[8]. Robert Foster describes Crickhollow as a "place in Buckland"[9] whereas Karen Fonstad believes that Crickhollow is just the name of Frodo's house.[10]

Portrayals in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Crickhollow is visted by the player during Stirrings in the Darkness.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 768
  8. Mark Fisher, "[Crickhollow ]", Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 23 June 2018)
  9. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 75, entry "Crickhollow"
  10. Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, p. 120