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Far Downs

Far Downs
Hills
General Information
LocationCentral Eriador, west of the White Downs east of the Tower Hills
TypeHills
DescriptionA hilly region where the Hobbit town of Greenholm was located
RegionsArnor
The Shire
InhabitantsElves, Men, then Hobbits

The Far Downs were the downlands that marked the former western borders of the Shire, forty leagues (120 miles) west from the Brandywine Bridge.[1] Of their geography almost nothing is known, except that the town of Greenholm seems to have been built among the Downs.

King Elessar extended the Shire's borders westward to the Tower Hills in S.R. 1452, with the Westmarch laying inbetween. Fastred of Greenholm became the first Warden of Westmarch.[2]

[edit] Note

In Ballantine Books' paperback edition of The Fellowship of the Ring there was a misprint in the Prologue that incorrectly named the Far Downs as the "Fox Downs".[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"