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Rushey

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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.

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]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 3 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