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Rushey

Rushey was a small village south of the Marish, in the Eastfarthing of the Shire.[1] It was built on a relatively stable ground amidst the soggy fens of the Marish, hence the name.[2] The Causeway traversed the village, connecting it to the villages of Stock to the north and Deephallow to the south.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name means "Rush-isle". David Salo has suggested an Old Hobbitish etymology from *Ryscieg.[3] -ey or -y in English place-names has the sense "small island", as seen in Girdley.[2]

It was called so as "a 'hard' among the fens of the Marish"[2] forming an isolated "island" in the midst of the soggy ground; this nomenclature is also seen in the Isle of Ely.[3]

The name is spelled as "Rushy" on A Part of the Shire.[1][3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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, p. 775
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 23 July 2016)