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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 consisting of the elements brere ("briar") + -don ("down, hill"; compare town, -ton).[2]

This etymology would represent a possible Old Hobbitish form *Braerdun "hill of briers".[3]


  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)
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 20 June 2018)