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"Free Land" was the political designation of the Shire from Fo.A. 6 (S.R. 1427).[1]

Following the re-establishment of Arnor by King Elessar in T.A. 3019,[2] the King declared that the Shire was to become a Free Land under the protection of the Northern Sceptre. Furthermore, he declared that no Men are to enter the Shire - a policy he even upheld himself.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"