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Frogmorton

Matěj Čadil - The Floating Log

Frogmorton was a village in the Eastfarthing of the Shire. It stood on the East Road, between the Three-Farthing Stone (fourteen miles to the west) and the Brandywine Bridge (twenty-two miles to the east). Immediately to the north of the village, the stream known as The Water broke into two, creating a wide watery region.[1]

Until the War of the Ring, the village seems to have been most notable for its inn, The Floating Log. During the brief time when Saruman took over the Shire, though, it became the home of the First Eastfarthing Troop of Shirriffs, and it was here that the returning Travellers were "arrested" and brought to the Shirriff-house of the village on their journey back to Hobbiton.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name is analysed as frog + moor ("marshy land") and ton ("town, village")[3] obviously referring to a marshy land at the division of The Water. Based on this, David Salo has suggested a speculative Old English etymology from *Froggameretun meaning "town by the frog-pool".[4]

There is a Frogmore in Buckinghamshire, which contains an estate (and burial ground) of the British Royal Family.

[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 Scouring of the Shire"
  3. 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. 771
  4. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 2 September 2014)