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


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] Nobottle is an actual place-name in Northamptonshire, England (erroneously listed as being in Northumberland).[3]


  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 8 October 2015)
  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