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Quarry

Quarry was a location in the northern Eastfarthing, to the south of the hills of Scary and between Scary and Brandywine,[1]

Quarry could have been simply a stone-quarry[2] but possibly it could also have been a small Hobbit settlement or a village[3] as well.

[edit] Etymology

The word quarry is derived from Latin quarreria through French.

David Salo noted that the usage of a Latin-French word as a place-name is peculiar, in contrast to all other placenames which have Old English and/or Celtic etymologies; he suggests that the name perhaps represents a late Westron word, and not an original Hobbitish place-name.[4]

[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, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, s.v. Scary, p. 775
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Quarry"
  4. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 21 April 2014)