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Bindbole Wood

Bindbole Wood was a small wood in the southern part of the Northfarthing in the Shire.[1]

[edit] Name

The name appears in the map of the Shire, but the letter o in the 1954 edition was not very clear; thus the name has been rendered Bindbale in many later maps (e.g. by Barbara Strachey and Karen Wynn Fonstad), and elsewhere, like in Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (s.v. Bindbale).

Even Tolkien himself referred to Bindbale in a manuscript note when he was preparing the document later known as Nomenclature.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name presumably contains bole "trunk of a tree".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lvii
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 25 November 2015)