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Girdley Island

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Girdley Island was an island located in the Brandywine River, north of the Brandywine Bridge.[1]

[edit] Etymology

David Salo suggests a possible Old Hobbitish etymology from *Gyrdlieg "girdle-island".[2] "Girdle" probably refers to its being 'girdled' (enclosed) between the river-branches.[3]

As in Rushey, the ending -ey means "island" in Old Norse and is found in English island names (cf. Gurnsey).

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 20 March 2013)
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lviii