Budgeford was a Hobbit settlement in the eastern part of the Shire, so close to the Brandywine Bridge that it fell in the district known as Bridgefields. It lay on the tributary of the Brandywine known simply as the Water, north of Whitfurrows. The town of Budgeford was the seat of the Bolgers, an important family among the Shire-hobbits.
The 'ford' in its name apparently derives from a ford across this stream. On the Shire Map the name is written Budge Ford, perhaps denoting especially the ford.
Budge- was an obscure Hobbitish element of no clear meaning in Westron, believed to be connected to bulge and Bolgers. Based on this, David Salo has suggested that the name represents a possible Old Hobbitish form *Bolgraford "Ford of the Bolgers".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
- ↑ 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
- ↑ David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 27 January 2020)