|"Hardbottle" by Matěj Čadil|
|Location||Northfarthing, the Shire[note 1]|
|Description||A small village standing in rocky ground|
The Bracegirdle Family had their roots in Hardbottle. When Lobelia Sackville-Baggins was released from the Lockholes of Michel Delving after the Battle of Bywater she (having been a Bracegirdle before her marriage) returned to her family in Hardbottle. She did so because she had lost the last of her family, her son Lotho, and she gave Bag End back to Frodo Baggins.
The name means "rocky (hard) large dwelling", because it is excavated in or built of stone of the rocky North Farthing. The element bottle and bold (Old English botl, from which the verb "build" is derived) is a real-life English place-name element meaning "(large) dwelling".
- In The Atlas of Middle-earth, on the map of the Shire, Hardbottle was placed near the southern tip of the White Downs west of Sackville in the Southfarthing. In the "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings (see reference below) the location of the town was specified as being in the Northfarthing.
- The town was too far north to appear on the map "A Part of the Shire".
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 771
- David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 3 May 2013)