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Old Words and Names in the Shire

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Old Words and Names in the Shire was a short treatise written by Merry Brandybuck sometime after the War of the Ring. It this work Merry discussed the kinship with the language of the Rohirrim of such "shire-words" as mathom and old elements in place names. This treatise was kept in the library of Bucklebury.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"