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The Yale

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The Yale was a region of the Shire.


The Yale was of old the home of the Boffins.[1] Their homes lay in the Eastfarthing, between the Bridgefields and the Marish.[2]


Yale is of course a well known surname derived from a Welsh place name.[3] 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."[4] The modern meaning is "fertile upland", based on the location of the best known Yale, the commote of Iaal in Powys, the traditional home of the kings of Powys.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, pp. 42-47
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 93