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Overbourn Marshes

The Overbourn Marshes were located in the Southfarthing, south of the Shirebourn river, where it flowed into the Brandywine river.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name probably means 'over (across) the bourn (stream)'. Old English ofer means "border, margin, edge" and the element -bourn, common in English river- and place-names, refers to the Shirebourn.[2]


  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. lviii