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Revision as of 18:36, 13 June 2012

Brockenbores, or Brockenborings, was a network of tunnels in the northern part of the Shire's Eastfarthing, in the hilly region of Scary.[1] This was one of the more outlying parts of the Shire, which was perhaps the reason that a band of Hobbit rebels hid here for a time when 'Sharkey' took control of the Shire during the War of the Ring.[2]

Etymology

The name of this place is given as 'Brockenbores' in the text of The Lord of the Rings, but as "Brockenborings" on the map that accompanies the trilogy. Both versions of the name have the same meaning, and translate approximately as "badger-burrowings".[3]

References

  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, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  3. 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. 767