Tolkien Gateway

Upbourn

Revision as of 12:17, 14 October 2010 by Sage (Talk | contribs)

Upbourn is a hamlet located in Rohan, south of Edoras on the banks of the Snowbourn in the valley of Harrowdale.

Etymology

The name is a modernization of the Old English Upburnan.

It derives from the fact that the hamlet was some way "up" the river Snowbourn

As Tolkien noted, up- is used in English place-names for river-side villages (as Upavon in Wiltshire), especially in contrast to larger places near its mouth (as Upwey above Weymouth).[1]


Cite error: <ref> tags exist, but no <references/> tag was found