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


The name is a modernisation of the Old English Upburnan as would represent Rohirric. [1]

It derives from the fact that the hamlet was some way "up" the river Snowbourn.[1]

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]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 778