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==History==
 
==History==
For nearly four hundred years after its foundation, the Shire had been part of the lands of [[Arthedain]], and under the rule of that land's [[Kings of Arthedain|King]]. Ultimately, Arthedain fell to the forces of [[Angmar]], and its last King, [[Arvedui]], was lost in {{TA|1975}},<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> leaving the [[Shire-hobbits]] without a ruler. They remedied this by choosing a new leader from among themselves, [[Bucca of the Marish]], who was given the title ''thain'', a word simply meaning "chief" in [[Hobbitish|their dialect]].
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For nearly four hundred years after its foundation, the Shire had been part of the lands of [[Arthedain]], and under the rule of that land's King. Ultimately, Arthedain fell to the forces of [[Angmar]], and its last King, [[Arvedui]], was lost in {{TA|1975}},<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> leaving the [[Shire-hobbits]] without a ruler. They remedied this by choosing a new leader from among themselves, [[Bucca of the Marish]], who was given the title ''thain'', a word simply meaning "chief" in [[Hobbitish|their dialect]].
  
 
In origin a military office, Thainship passed strictly through the male line.<ref name=Letter>{{L|214}}</ref>
 
In origin a military office, Thainship passed strictly through the male line.<ref name=Letter>{{L|214}}</ref>

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