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White Downs

White Downs
General Information
LocationWestfarthing, east of the Tower Hills
DescriptionA range of chalk hills
Major townsMichel Delving
People and History
EventsFree Fair every seven years

The White Downs were a range of chalk downs in the Westfarthing of the Shire. Michel Delving, the chief town of the Shire, was located there.[1] Every seven years the Free Fair was held on the White Downs at Lithe, during which the Mayor of Michel Delving was elected.[2]


  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, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Of the Ordering of the Shire"