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Standelf was a small village in the southern regions of Buckland.[1]


The name means "Stone-delving", from Old English stán "stone" and delf "a delving or burrow".[2]

David Salo suggests the "Old Hobbitish" form of the name was Stangedelf.[3]


  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, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XVII. A Short Cut to Mushrooms, Notes", Note 5
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 13 October 2015)