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Brockenbores

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Brockenbores, or Brockenborings, was a network of tunnels in the northern part of the Shire's Eastfarthing, in the hilly region of Scary.[1] This was one of the more outlying parts of the Shire, which was perhaps the reason that a band of Hobbit rebels led by Fredegar Bolger, hid here for a time when 'Sharkey' took control of the Shire during the War of the Ring.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name of this place is given as 'Brockenbores' in the text of The Lord of the Rings, but as "Brockenborings" on A Part of the Shire.

David Salo suggests a speculative derivation from Old Hobbitish *Broccesboran.[3]

The name(s) translate approximately as "badger-burrowings".[4]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 19 April 2014)
  4. 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. 767