Brockenbores

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The town of Brockenborings in The Lord of the Rings Online

Brockenbores, or Brockenborings, was a network of tunnels in the northern part of the Shire's Eastfarthing, in the hilly region of Scary.[1] This was one of the more outlying parts of the Shire, which was perhaps the reason that a band of Hobbit rebels led by Fredegar Bolger, hid here for a time when 'Sharkey' took control of the Shire during the War of the Ring.[2]

Etymology

The name of this place is given as 'Brockenbores' in the text of The Lord of the Rings, but as "Brockenborings" on A Part of the Shire.

David Salo suggests a speculative derivation from Old Hobbitish *Broccesboran.[3]

The name(s) translate approximately as "badger-burrowings".[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Brockenborings is not mere tunnels but a proper large town, with an inn, a market, multiple hobbit holes and farmfields to the north and east. It is located at the eastern edge of a wood and at the souther edge of the Greenfields.

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