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General Information
LocationWestmarch, the Shire
People and History
Createdduring the Fourth Age

The Undertowers was a dwelling of Hobbits in the Westmarch during the Fourth Age. It was located near the White Towers.

It was at Undertowers that Sam's daughter Elanor Gardner settled with Fastred of Greenholm around S.R. 1462. Thus the Fairbairn Family, the hereditary Wardens of Westmarch was founded.[1]

The Undertowers was one of the places of the Shire with the largest libraries and collections of historical documents, including preserving the Red Book of Westmarch, chronicling the War of the Ring and the Elder Days.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"