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The Yale

The Yale was a region of the Shire, west of Stock. The road that emerged from the Woody End descended into the lowlands of the Yale.[1]

[edit] History

The Yale was of old the home of the Boffins.[2] Their homes lay in the Eastfarthing, between the Bridgefields and the Marish.[3]

[edit] Etymology

David Salo has suggested that Yale represents an Old Hobbitish form *Geal, from Welsh iâl.[4] 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."[5]

Yale is of course a well known English surname derived from a Welsh place name.[6] The modern meaning is "fertile upland", based on the location of the best known Yale, the commote of Iâl in Powys, the traditional home of the kings of Powys.[6]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  4. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 2 August 2015)
  5. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 93
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, pp. 42-47