"Free Land" was the political designation of the Shire from Fo.A. 6 (S.R. 1427).
Following the re-establishment of Arnor by King Elessar in T.A. 3019, the King declared that the Shire was to become a Free Land under the protection of the Northern Sceptre. Furthermore, he declared that no Men are to enter the Shire - a policy he even upheld himself.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"