A small village in the remote northwestern parts of the Shire. It lay strictly within the Westfarthing, but only a few miles from the borders of the Northfarthing. It had few neighbouring settlements, apart from the village of Nobottle to the west. Probably its nearest town of any size was Waymeet, some thirty miles to the south. Needlehole was connected to Waymeet by a winding a circuituous road, whose wide loops were in part required to avoid Rushock Bog, directly to the south of Needlehole village.
The name Needlehole seems to derive simply from the basic elements needle and hole, apparently in reference to a narrow hole or opening in this area. Whether that hole was natural, or the work of the local Hobbits, remains open to conjecture.
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