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Bindbole Wood

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Bindbole Wood was a small wood in the southern part of the Northfarthing in the Shire.[1]

[edit] Name

The name appears in the map of the Shire, but the letter o in the 1954 edition was not very clear; thus the name has been rendered Bindbale in many later maps (e.g. by Barbara Strachey and Karen Wynn Fonstad), and elsewhere, like in Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (s.v. Bindbale).

Even Tolkien himself referred to Bindbale in a manuscript note when he was preparing the document later known as Nomenclature.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name presumably contains bole "trunk of a tree".[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lvii
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 18 December 2014)