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Stock

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Stock was a town in the north of the Marish, lying on the Stockbrook stream near to the banks of the River Brandywine and south of the Brandywine Bridge in the Eastfarthing of the Shire.[1] The Golden Perch in Stock was said to have the finest beer in the Eastfarthing.

During Frodo's journey to Buckland, Frodo announced that he wished to straight across country to the Bucklebury Ferry. Pippin objected to the short cut, and mentioned the Golden Perch. The hobbits avoided Stock in order to keep Pippin away from there and prevent their journey from being delayed.[2]

Etymology

The name possibly represents a modernization of Old English Stoc "place, outlying farm or hamlet".[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

In the Game Boy Advance version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), it is possible to visit both Stock and the Golden Perch.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 29 November 2014)