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Breredon (Briar Hill) was a little village in Buckland on rising ground behind the hythe, or small landing, on the north bank of the Withywindle in the narrow tongue between the south end of the High Hay and the Baranduin River.[1]


It has been suggested that Breredon is an English name (i.e., not a word in an invented language), consisting of the elements brere ("briar") + -don ("down, hill"; compare town, -ton).[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"
  2. Andreas Möhn, "Bombadil in the Shire" at Middle-earth Science Pages (accessed 16 March 2011)