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Long Cleeve

Long Cleeve
General Information
LocationNorthfarthing, the Shire

Long Cleeve was a town in the Shire.


[edit] History

Long Cleeve was the home of the North-tooks, a distant branch of the Took Family who were descended from Bandobras the Bullroarer. It was the home of Diamond, who married Peregrin Took eight years after his return from the War of the Ring.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name "Cleeve" comes from the Old English word clif, which means "cliff" or "hill".[2]:p. lvii

This, and the name "North-Took" implies that it lay in Northfarthing,[3] much of which was rocky in nature (though none of this is stated specifically by Tolkien himself).

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Long Cleeve appears in the A Part of the Shire map drawn by Christopher Tolkien in 1943, along with many other names, that didn't make it to the published version of the map.[2]:p. lvi


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Long Cleeve"