The Shire

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The Shire is located south-east of Ered Luin and west of Bree-land, across the Brandywine River. The country of the Shire is a land of peace and pastoral beauty, where hobbits dwell in seclusion from the world at large.

In former times, Men were seldom seen there, though Dwarves often passed through the Shire as they travelled to the Blue Mountains from their lands in the East. More rarely still, Elves could sometimes be seen in the woods as they journeyed to Mithlond, the Grey Havens beyond the borders of the Shire, where they cross the Sea into the West.

Dark things seldom threatened the hills and meadows of the Shire. Largely this has been because hobbits are very good at keeping to their own business and not being noticed by others. But Little Folk would be aghast and unbelieving if they only knew the lengths to which Gandalf the Grey and the Rangers of the North have gone to ensure the country's peace. Now, though, even the Shire cannot escape the notice of the Shadow in the East.

Lore

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A view of The Shire

In the year 1601 of the Third Age, the Fallohide brothers Marcho and Blanco lead a group of Hobbits west from Bree and crossed the Bridge of Stonebows (later known as the Brandywine Bridge) and settled in the empty land they found. This became year 1 of the Shire-reckoning. King Argeleb II, the tenth King of Arthedain and a direct ancestor of Aragorn, granted the Hobbits this unused land and thus it became The Shire.

In III 2340 Hobbits expanded the Shire to include also Buckland and Brandy Hall was founded, though Buckland was never considered part of "the four farthings of the Shire". Little is told about the history of the Shire, except for genealogical details about families, such as the Baggins, Brandybucks, Tooks, and many more. However...

In 22 September III 2890 Bilbo Baggins was born, and a few decades later his adventures would bring focus on the Shire. A fateful morning III 2941 an old bearded man with a blue pointed hat approached Bilbo and soon the Quest of Erebor begun, chiefly taking place in the far East. Eventually Bilbo brought back to Bag End treasures that greatly enriched hobbits all around the Shire, but one of the smaller items, a modest ring would also prove extremely hazardous, though not at once. In III 3001 Bilbo leaves the Shire and settles down in Rivendell, after giving the One Ring to Frodo.

In III 3017 Gollum (the former owner of the One Ring) was released from Mordor, probably shortly after he had revealed "Baggins" and "Shire" for Sauron. The Shire was still innocently unaware that the Dark Lord soon would begin the War of the Ring and their farthings were at stake. In early April III 3018 Gandalf tells Frodo about the One Ring and its powers and hazards, urging him to leave the Shire promptly, though Frodo hesitated, he was slow and it took him more than five months to set out. In September 14 Frodo, Sam and Pippin set out from Bag End towards Crickhollow in Buckland (where Merry would join them on the quest). Already that night they found themselves pursued by the Black Riders, and in Lotro that is the night a new hobbit character set foot upon the Shire.

Locations

Towns

Villages

All villages have some service(s), see "areas" below for details

Housing

Player housing in the Shire is located in the South-farthing, south of Waymeet.

Points of Interest

Locations mentioned in Tolkien's works (also many of the towns and villages):

Areas

The Hill
Hobbiton-Bywater
The Mathom-house
Typical Hobbit Farm

Bindbole Wood

Bridgefields

The Delving Fields

Green Hill Country

Greenfields

The Hill

Hobbiton-Bywater

The Marish

North Bridgefields

  • Creatures: mainly 10 - 12

Rushock Bog

Tookland

Connected To

Crafting

Craft-fairs: Michel Delving's Craft-fair, Brockenborings, Budgeford, and Bywater

Resource Tiers

Named Creatures List

Each of these named creatures is the rare, signature, unique or named version for quests.

Creature Type
Big Tom Brigand
Bogbull Toad
Fibur Foul-heart Dwarf
Gib Hawthorn Brigand
Kranklúk Troll
Laugfût Warg
Lobelia the Toad Toad
Mangemaw Wolf
Murúk (The Shire) Orc
Grim Maw Wolf
Greenfields Queen Spider
Old Croaker Toad
Stone-troll Troll

Maps

Click for larger image Shire-points of interest with Landmarks Shire Named Creatures The Shire Artifacts

Related Topics


Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The Shire
Settlements: BrockenboringsBudgefordBywaterFrogmortonHobbitonLittle DelvingMichel DelvingNeedleholeOverhillScaryStockTuckboroughWaymeetWoodhall
Areas: Bindbole WoodBridgefieldsThe Delving FieldsGreen Hill CountryGreenfieldsThe HillHobbiton-BywaterThe MarishNorth BridgefieldsRushock BogShire HomesteadsTookland
Landmarks: Abandoned Elf-campAppledoresBag EndBamfurlongBear DensThe Bird and Baby InnBolestonesBrandywine BridgeBridgefields WallBucklebury FerryBywater BridgeDora Brownlock's FarmDowns GateThe FrogmoorsThe GrangeThe Great WillowGolfimbul's HoleLob's GroveLongo Burrow's FarmMathom-houseMethel-stageNarrowcleeveOld Odo's Leaf-farmOverhill YardsThe Party TreePingladePuddifoot's FieldsThe QuarryThe Rushock GateSandson's FarmSandyman's MillThe Scrag-dellsSkirmish CampSouth FieldsSouthfarthing GateStocktowerThree Farthing StoneTom Cotton's FarmTroll's KnollWellbridgeWolf DenThe Yale-height
Regions of Eriador
AngmarBree-landDunlandEnedwaithEred LuinEregionEttenmoorsEvendimForochelGap of RohanThe Lone-landsThe Misty MountainsNan CurunírThe North DownsThe ShireThe Trollshaws