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Old Winyards

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Old Winyards was a red wine from the Shire's Southfarthing, noted for its strength. Bilbo Baggins's father Bungo Baggins, who delved Bag End, seems to have laid down a large number of bottles of this wine. Bilbo gave a present of a dozen bottles to Rorimac Brandybuck, Master of Buckland at the time he left the Shire,[1] but this still left plenty for his heir Frodo. The Old Winyards lasted another seventeen years, until the last drop was drunk by Frodo as he set out on his own adventures.[2]

Etymology

The name derives from a Shire place-name, meaning "the Old Vineyards".[3]

Winyard is a real-life place-name in England, and Tolkien notes that it descends from Old English before the assimilation to Romance stem vin-.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  3. 3.0 3.1 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, pp. 781-2