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The Lord of the Rings Online - Upbourn.jpg
Upbourn in The Lord of the Rings Online
General Information
Other namesUpburnan
LocationHarrowdale (Rohan)
DescriptionA small hamlet on the banks of the Snowbourn river
GalleryImages of Upbourn

Upbourn was a hamlet located in Rohan, south of Edoras on the banks of the Snowbourn in the valley of Harrowdale.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name is a modernisation of the Old English Upburnan as would represent Rohirric.[2]

It derives from the fact that the hamlet was some way "up" the river Snowbourn.[2]

As Tolkien noted, up- is used in English place-names for river-side villages (as Upavon in Wiltshire), especially in contrast to larger places near its mouth (as Upwey above Weymouth).[2]

[edit] Portrayals in Adaptations

2013: The Lord of the Rings Online

Upbourn is a small village located just north of Underharrow and ruled by Dúnhere, the Lord of Harrowdale. Unusually for the game, it features neither vendor nor Quest-giver NPCs and aside from a brief visit by the player plays no role in the storyline.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  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. 778