Whitwell

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Whitwell
Settlement
General Information
LocationThe Shire
TypeSettlement
InhabitantsHobbits

Whitwell was a settlement in the Shire.

History[edit]

Whitwell was located on the Green Hills, not far from Tuckborough.[note 1] Thain Paladin Took II, had a farm there.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Whit is a shortening of "white", referring to the colour of the soil (presumably pertaining to chalk in the soil of the Green Hills).[2]

David Salo suggests that the name means "white spring", representing an Old Hobbitish Hwitwielle.[3]

Inspiration[edit]

Whitwell is a real-life English place-name.[2]

Notes

  1. In The Atlas of Middle-earth the name of this town was attached to an unnamed village west of Tookbank and south of Waymeet.

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