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Dwaling was a village in the far Northern parts of the Eastfarthing of the Shire, just north of the hills of Scary.[1]


In a note to translators, Tolkien said that Dwaling was a regular toponymic formation of a settlement's name, "the descendants of Dwale". Dwale would be a nick-name of one particular Hobbit, and the name was derived from Old English dwale, "dull".[2] This name has been connected to Dwalakōneis, the Gothic translation of Tolkien's own name.[2][3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Undated note part of Nomenclature, cited in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page lviii
  3. Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, pp. 49-52