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'''Pincup''' was a small village of the [[Shire]]. It lay in the northern corner of the [[Southfarthing]], some miles south of the [[Three-Farthing Stone]], in that hilly part of the Shire known as the Green Hill Country. It seems to have been built in the southern slopes of the Green Hills, and was reached by only a single road, apparently leading from the larger settlement of [[Longbottom]] to the south.
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'''Pincup''' was a small village of [[the Shire]]. It lay in the northern corner of the [[Southfarthing]], some miles south of the [[Three-Farthing Stone]], in that hilly part of the Shire known as the [[Green Hill Country]]. It seems to have been built in the southern slopes of the [[Green Hills]], and was reached by only a single road, apparently leading from the larger settlement of [[Longbottom]] to the south.<ref>{{FR|Part}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Concerning the origin of Pincup's name, the first element is ''pinnuc'' or ''pink'', finch or sparrow, and the second element is ''hop'', recess, retreat.<ref>[[Wayne G. Hammond]], [[Christina Scull]] (2008), ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', p. lix</ref>
  
The origin of Pincup's name are mysterious. Perhaps the most likely possibility would be [[Old English]] pín cuppe, 'pine hollow', but this is by no means certain. 'Pine hill' is another possibility, though this doesn't fit easily with the fact that the only known map of Pincup shows it below the [[Green Hills]]. More exotically, its name might even be connected with the colourful bird known as a chaffinch, a bird the Anglo-Saxons called a pinca.
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Before the above publication, [[David Salo]] had suggested a derivation from a speculative [[Old English]] *''Pincopp'' "pine-hill", among other possibilities.<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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Latest revision as of 10:12, 9 March 2013

Pincup
Physical Description
TypeVillage
Locationthe Shire, north Southfarthing
Realmsthe Shire
InhabitantsHobbits (Possibly Tooks)
DescriptionSmall village
General Information
EtymologyOE pinnuc hop
ReferencesA part of the Shire (map), The Lord of the Rings

Pincup was a small village of the Shire. It lay in the northern corner of the Southfarthing, some miles south of the Three-Farthing Stone, in that hilly part of the Shire known as the Green Hill Country. It seems to have been built in the southern slopes of the Green Hills, and was reached by only a single road, apparently leading from the larger settlement of Longbottom to the south.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Concerning the origin of Pincup's name, the first element is pinnuc or pink, finch or sparrow, and the second element is hop, recess, retreat.[2]

Before the above publication, David Salo had suggested a derivation from a speculative Old English *Pincopp "pine-hill", among other possibilities.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull (2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lix
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 28 December 2014)