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Far Downs

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Far Downs
Physical Description
LocationCentral Eriador, west of the White Downs east of the Tower Hills
The Shire
InhabitantsElves, Men, then Hobbits
DescriptionA hilly region where the Hobbit town of Greenholm was located

The Far Downs were the downlands that marked the western borders of the Shire, forty leagues (120 miles) west from the Brandywine Bridge.[1] Of their geography almost nothing is known, except that the town of Greenholm seems to have been built among the Downs. It was from here that Fastred of Greenholm came, the first Warden of Westmarch that lay between the Far Downs and, still further westward, the Tower Hills.[2]


In Ballantine Books' paperback edition of The Fellowship of the Ring there was a misprint in the Prologue that incorrectly named the Far Downs as the "Fox Downs".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"