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Dates
Founded no earlier than the establishment of the Shire in III 1601 (year 1 by the Shire-reckoning); survived into the Fourth Age
Location
In the northern parts of the Shire's Westfarthing, near the source of the Water
Race
Culture
Meaning
From Old English, 'new building'1

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Nobottle

A village of the northwestern Shire

Map of Nobottle
Nobottle in the Westfarthing of the Shire (slightly conjectural)
Nobottle in the Westfarthing of the Shire (slightly conjectural)

A small village that lay in the Shire's Westfarthing, but far to the north of the East Road. It was reached by a road that ran from Waymeet, many miles to the southeast. Nobottle lay in a sparsely populated area of the Shire, with the only nearby settlement being Needlehole to the east.2


Notes

1

The name Nobottle comes from the Old English for 'new building', or at least this is the origin of the name of the real village of Nobottle in Northamptonshire, England (from Old English nīwe bōtl; the same Old English element bōtl, 'building', appears in Hardbottle, the hometown of the Bracegirdle family). Actually, as used by the Hobbits, the name Nobottle was apparently coined by Christopher Tolkien when he prepared the Shire map for his father, and he recalled that it was originally intended to mean that the remote village did not possess an inn (as quoted in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion).

2

The village of Little Delving probably also lay relatively close to the west of Nobottle, though the exact position of Little Delving is not shown on any map, so it is difficult to state this with any certainty.

See also...

Little Delving, Needlehole

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