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Long Cleeve

The home of the North-tooks

A town or village in the Shire. It was the home of Diamond, who married Peregrin Took eight years after his return from the War of the Ring. The name 'Cleeve' probably comes from the Old English word for a cliff or stony bank.

Long Cleeve was the home of the North-tooks, a distant branch of the Took clan who were descended from Bandobras the Bullroarer. This connection implies that it lay in the Shire's Northfarthing, which in turns ties in with the likely meaning of its name (because much of the Northfarthing was rocky in nature), though none of this is stated specifically by Tolkien himself.

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