Standelf

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Standelf
Village
General Information
LocationBuckland
TypeVillage
InhabitantsHobbits

Standelf was a small village in the southern regions of Buckland.[1]

Other versions of the Legendarium[edit]

In a draft of A Conspiracy Unmasked, Standelf is mentioned once (while it is never mentioned in the published text of The Lord of the Rings) as traversed by the road "from the Bridge to Standelf and Haysend". In the final map, the road stops at Standelf and doesn't continue to Haysend.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name means "Stone-delving", from Old English stán "stone" and delf "a delving or burrow".[3]

David Salo suggests the "Old Hobbitish" form of the name was Stangedelf.[4]

Inspiration[edit]

There is a place called Stonydelph in Warwickshire of the same etymology.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XVIII. Again from Buckland to the Withywindle: (i) A Conspiracy is Unmasked", pp. 298-9
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XVII. A Short Cut to Mushrooms, Notes", Note 5
  4. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 14 April 2014)
  5. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lix