Scary

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Scary
Settlement
The Lord of the Rings Online - Scary.jpg
Scary in The Lord of the Rings Online
General Information
LocationEastfarthing, The Shire
TypeSettlement
InhabitantsHobbits
GalleryImages of Scary

Scary was a small settlement that lay in the hilly region of caves and rock holes that formed the northern parts of the Eastfarthing, which also gave its name to the surrounding stony hills.[1]

From among the rocky lands around Scary much of the Shire's stone was quarried.

During the War of the Ring, the Scary quarries were used by Sharkey's Men to store their loot, and after Sharkey was defeated, much of this was recovered by the Shire-hobbits. It was arond these hills that Fredegar Bolger organized his band of rebels against the Ruffians, until they were caught.[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Tolkien notes that the name was meaningless in Hobbitish of the War of the Ring. However he notes that since it was in a rocky region and of a stone-quarry, it may be supposed to contain English dialectal scar, "rocky cliff".[3]

Based on the above, David Salo has suggested that Scary represents a speculative Old English *Skerig "precipitous (place)". Salo also noted that the form of this dialectal word, specifically the existence of sk-, reveals a Norse origin.[4]

Tom Shippey suggests an etymology from Old English scearu "a boundary", marking the Shire's northern boundary; the retaining (or reversal) of /sk/ might reflect the peculiarity of Northern English (in such names as Skipton, Scarborough).[5]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Scary is a mining town, situated entirely around a large rock quarry.

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