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Pincup

Pincup
Physical Description
TypeVillage
Locationthe Shire, north Southfarthing
Realmsthe Shire
InhabitantsHobbits (Possibly Tooks)
DescriptionSmall village
General Information
EtymologyOE pinnuc hop
ReferencesA part of the Shire (map), The Lord of the Rings

Pincup was a small village of the Shire. It lay in the northern corner of the Southfarthing, some miles south of the Three-Farthing Stone, in that hilly part of the Shire known as the Green Hill Country. It seems to have been built in the southern slopes of the Green Hills, and was reached by only a single road, apparently leading from the larger settlement of Longbottom to the south.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Concerning the origin of Pincup's name, the first element is pinnuc or pink, finch or sparrow, and the second element is hop, recess, retreat.[2]

Before the above publication, David Salo had suggested a derivation from a speculative Old English *Pincopp "pine-hill", among other possibilities.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull (2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lix
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 29 August 2014)