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Dates
Founded some time after III 16011
Location
Apparently in the Far Downs2 on the western edge of the Shire
Race
Culture
Pronunciation
gree'nhome
Meaning
Probably 'green hill'

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Greenholm

A settlement on the Far Downs

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A town or village of the Hobbits on the Far Downs, which originally lay on the western borders of the Shire. It was the home of Fastred, who married Sam Gamgee's daughter Elanor, and with her founded the Fairbairn clan. When King Elessar extended the Shire's borders westward to the Tower Hills, Fastred and Elanor removed from Greenholm into the new Westmarch of the Shire.

The name Greenholm is open to various interpretations, because the old word 'holm' has a number of possible meanings. It might possibly refer to a river-island, or even to the holly tree, but a much more likely interpretation, especially as it lay on the Far Downs, would be simply 'hill'.


Notes

1

III 1601 was the date of the founding of the Shire itself, so Greenholm cannot have existed before this time.

2

We're never explicitly told where Greenholm lay, but we are told that the marriage of Sam Gamgee's daughter Elanor to Fastred of Greenholm took place on the Far Downs. The most obvious explanation for this is that Fastred's home of Greenholm lay among those downs.

See also...

Fíriel

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