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Location
East of the Shire, at the crossroads of the East-West Road and the Greenway
Race
Settled by Men and Hobbits
Culture
Settlements
Bree on the west, Staddle on the east
Meaning
Bree means 'hill', so 'Bree-hill' actually means 'Hill-hill'1

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  • Updated 18 March 2007
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Bree-hill

The centrepoint of the Bree-land

The most prominent point in the Bree-land, on the slopes of which stood the villages of Bree itself (to the west) and Staddle (to the east).


Notes

1

This is not so strange as it sounds. Duplication of elements like this often occurs in real place names, with perhaps the most extreme example being Torpenhow Hill in Cumbria, England, whose name means 'Hill Hill Hill Hill'. More directly relevant to our topic here is Brill on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, whose name comes from Bre hyll. That's literally 'Bree-hill', and Tolkien acknowledges a connection with his own 'Bree-hill' in Middle-earth.

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