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Whitwell was a settlement in the Shire.


Whitwell was located on the Green Hills, not far from Tuckborough.[note 1] Thain Paladin Took II, had a farm there.[1]


Whit is a shortening of "white", referring to the colour of the soil (presumably pertaining to chalk in the soil of the Green Hills).[2]

David Salo suggests that the name means "white spring", representing an Old Hobbitish Hwitwielle.[3]


Whitwell is a real-life English place-name.[2]


  1. In The Atlas of Middle-earth the name of this town was attached to an unnamed village west of Tookbank and south of Waymeet.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 779 (entry Whitfurrows)
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 10 October 2015)