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Nobottle

Nobottle
Town
General Information
LocationWestfarthing, the Shire
TypeTown
InhabitantsHobbits

Nobottle was a town in the Westfarthing of the Shire, west of Needlehole.[1]

[edit] Etymology

See also: Hardbottle

David Salo suggests that the name represents a possible Old Hobbitish etymology *Neowebotl, therefore meaning "new dwelling".[2]

Bottle in an element in English place-names meaning "large dwelling"[3]

[edit] Inspiration

The name was one of those proposed by Christopher Tolkien to his father while drawing A Part of the Shire in 1943, mainly derived from his large collection of books on English place-names.[4]

Nobottle is an actual place-name in Northamptonshire, England (erroneously listed as being in Northumberland).[3] Similarly named actual places (apparently with the same etymology) include Newbold and Nobold.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 20 March 2013)
  3. 3.0 3.1 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. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lvi