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'''The Yale''' was the low-lying lands of the [[Shire]]'s [[Eastfarthing]] that lay along the northern side of the long road from [[Stock]] westwards to [[Tuckborough]]. This seems to have been a sparsely populated area, and in fact the map of the Shire in [[The Lord of the Rings]] marks only a single building here.  
 
'''The Yale''' was the low-lying lands of the [[Shire]]'s [[Eastfarthing]] that lay along the northern side of the long road from [[Stock]] westwards to [[Tuckborough]]. This seems to have been a sparsely populated area, and in fact the map of the Shire in [[The Lord of the Rings]] marks only a single building here.  
  
The meaning of the Yale's name is obscure. 'Yale' is of course a well known personal and placename in English, but that name seems to have its origins in the Welsh language (making it quite unsuitable for the Shire). Further, it means 'fertile upland', whereas we know that the Shire's Yale was a lowland region.
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==Etymology==
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''Yale'' is of course a well known surname derived from a Welsh place name.<ref name=Mathomium>[[Mark T. Hooker]], [[A Tolkienian Mathomium]], pp. 42-47</ref> This fits right in with Tolkien's comment to the Dutch Translator, [[Max Schuchart]], that there were "'Celtic' elements in [[Buckland]] and [[Eastfarthing|East-farthing]] names." <ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]], "p. 93"</ref> The modern meaning is 'fertile upland', based on the location of the best known "Yale," the commote<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commote| The Wikipedia page for ''commote'']</ref> of Iaal in Powys, the traditional home of the kings of Powys.<ref name="Mathomium" >"p. 44"</ref>
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The Yale was the low-lying lands of the Shire's Eastfarthing that lay along the northern side of the long road from Stock westwards to Tuckborough. This seems to have been a sparsely populated area, and in fact the map of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings marks only a single building here.

Etymology

Yale is of course a well known surname derived from a Welsh place name.[1] This fits right in with Tolkien's comment to the Dutch Translator, Max Schuchart, that there were "'Celtic' elements in Buckland and East-farthing names." [2] The modern meaning is 'fertile upland', based on the location of the best known "Yale," the commote[3] of Iaal in Powys, the traditional home of the kings of Powys.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, pp. 42-47
  2. The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "p. 93"
  3. The Wikipedia page for commote