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A settlement in the stony northern parts of the [[Shire]] - so far north, in fact, that it does not appear on the map of the Shire included in [[The Lord of the Rings]]. Its name means 'hard dwelling', where 'hard' is a reference to the rocky northern landscape in which it was built.  
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| location=The [[Northfarthing]]<ref group=note>In ''[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]]'', on the map of the Shire, Hardbottle was placed near the southern tip of the [[White Downs]] west of [[Sackville]] in the [[Southfarthing]].  In the "Nomenclature of ''The Lord of the Rings'' (see reference below) the location of the town was specified as being in the Northfarthing.</ref>
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'''Hardbottle''' was a settlement of [[Hobbits]] located in the stony northern section of [[the Shire]].<ref group=note>The town was too far north to appear on the map "[[A Part of the Shire]]".</ref>
  
Hardbottle was the ancestral home of the [[Bracegirdle Family]], whose most famous daughter was [[Lobelia Bracegirdle|Lobelia]], better known by her married name of [[Lobelia Sackville-Baggins]]. After the [[War of the Ring]], she was rescued from the [[Michel Delving]] [[Lockholes]] to find that she had lost the last of her family, her son [[Lotho Sackville-Baggins|Lotho]]. This news caused her to give up [[Bag End]], and return to her family home at Hardbottle in the [[Northfarthing]].
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The [[Bracegirdle Family]] had their roots in Hardbottle.  When [[Lobelia Sackville-Baggins]] was released from the [[Lockholes]] of [[Michel Delving]] after the [[Battle of Bywater]] she (having been a Bracegirdle before her marriage) returned to her family in Hardbottle.  She did so because she had lost the last of her family, her son [[Lotho Sackville-Baggins|Lotho]], and she gave [[Bag End]] back to [[Frodo Baggins]].<ref>{{RK|VI9}}</ref>
  
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==Etymology==
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The name means "rocky (hard) large dwelling", because it is excavated in or built of stone of the rocky North Farthing.  The element ''bottle'' and ''bold'' ([[Old English]] ''botl'', from which the verb "build" is derived) is a real-life English place-name element meaning "(large) dwelling".<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 771</ref>
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Based on this, [[David Salo]] suggests that the name represents a possible [[Old English|Old Hobbitish]] ''Heardbotl'' "hard (stony) dwelling".<ref>{{webcite|author=[[David Salo]]|articleurl=http://groups.yahoo.com/group/elfling/message/121|articlename=Hobbitish Place-names|dated=23 November 1998|website=[[Elfling]]}}</ref>
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==See also==
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* [[Nobottle]]
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[[Category:Cities, towns and villages of the Shire]]
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[[de:Steinbüttel]]
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[[fi:Paasipirtti]]

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Matěj Čadil - Hardbottle.jpg
Hardbottle
Physical Description
TypeVillage
LocationThe Northfarthing[note 1]
RealmsThe Shire
InhabitantsHobbits
DescriptionA small village standing in rocky ground

Hardbottle was a settlement of Hobbits located in the stony northern section of the Shire.[note 2]

The Bracegirdle Family had their roots in Hardbottle. When Lobelia Sackville-Baggins was released from the Lockholes of Michel Delving after the Battle of Bywater she (having been a Bracegirdle before her marriage) returned to her family in Hardbottle. She did so because she had lost the last of her family, her son Lotho, and she gave Bag End back to Frodo Baggins.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name means "rocky (hard) large dwelling", because it is excavated in or built of stone of the rocky North Farthing. The element bottle and bold (Old English botl, from which the verb "build" is derived) is a real-life English place-name element meaning "(large) dwelling".[2]

Based on this, David Salo suggests that the name represents a possible Old Hobbitish Heardbotl "hard (stony) dwelling".[3]

[edit] See also

Notes

  1. In The Atlas of Middle-earth, on the map of the Shire, Hardbottle was placed near the southern tip of the White Downs west of Sackville in the Southfarthing. In the "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings (see reference below) the location of the town was specified as being in the Northfarthing.
  2. The town was too far north to appear on the map "A Part of the Shire".

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  2. 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. 771
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 24 October 2014)