Dwaling

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Dwaling
Village
General Information
LocationEastfarthing, the Shire
TypeVillage
InhabitantsHobbits

Dwaling was a village in the far Northern parts of the Eastfarthing of the Shire, just north of the hills of Scary.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Dwaling seems to be a dialectal form of dwelling.

In a note to translators, Tolkien said, but without making clear if it was his intended meaning, that Dwaling "should be" a regular toponymic formation of a settlement's name, "the descendants of Dwale". Dwale would be a nick-name of one particular Hobbit, and the name was derived from Old English dwale, "dull".[2]

It is notable that dull and dwale (Gothic: dwals "fool") are cognates of Tol- in Tolkien (German: tollkühn, "foolhardy").[3] Tolkien himself has translated his own name into Gothic as Dwalakōneis.[2][4]

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