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Rushey was a small village of the Marish, in the Eastfarthing of the Shire.

The Maggot's Lane connected Rushey with the Bamfurlong, while the Causeway connected the village with the villages of Stock and Deephallow.

[edit] Etymology

The name means "Rush-isle". David Salo has suggested an Old Hobbitish etymology from *Ryscieg.[1] -ey or -y in English place-names has the sense "small island", as seen in Girdley.[2]

It was called so as "a 'hard' among the fens of the Marish"[2] forming an isolated "island" in the midst of the soggy ground; this nomenclature is also seen in the Isle of Ely.[1]

The name is spelled as "Rushy" on A Part of the Shire.[3][1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 16 September 2014)
  2. 2.0 2.1 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, p. 775
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map