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Oatbarton

Oatbarton
Town/Village
General Information
LocationNorthfarthing, the Shire
TypeTown/Village
InhabitantsHobbits

Oatbarton was a town or village in the Northfarthing of the Shire. The Northway led from Oatbarton to the East Road.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The element -barton, common in English place-names (Old English: beretun "barley-town") means "outlying grange, demesne farm",[2] therefore the place was related to a large oat-farm.

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. xlviii