Girdley Island was an island located in the Brandywine River, north of the Brandywine Bridge.
David Salo suggests a possible Old Hobbitish etymology from *Gyrdlieg "girdle-island". "Girdle" probably refers to its being 'girdled' (enclosed) between the river-branches.
As in Rushey, the ending -ey means "island" in Old Norse and is found in English island names (cf. Gurnsey).
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
- ↑ David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 20 March 2013)
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lviii