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The Shire-hobbits or Shire-folk were the Hobbits that lived in the Shire, as opposed to Bree-hobbits and Bucklanders. They represented the majority of the whole Hobbitish population of Middle-earth. Shire-hobbits called everyone else "Outsiders". Due to living in the Shire, the Shire-hobbits were largely sheltered from the rest Middle-earth and did not know what was going on outside of the Shire, nor did they pay attention to what was going on outside of the Shire.[source?]

The Hobbits of the Shire were considered the most rustic and pastoral of their kind. The most important family among the Shire-hobbits were the Tooks of the Westfarthing, who had held the hereditary, and largely honorary, title of Thain from T.A. 2340.