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General Information
Locationthe Shire, north Southfarthing
DescriptionSmall village
Regionsthe Shire
InhabitantsHobbits (Possibly Tooks)

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]


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 tentative and speculative Old English *Pincopp "pine-hill", among other possibilities.[3]


  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 23 May 2018)