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North Moors

The highlands of the Northfarthing

Map of the North Moors
Somewhat conjectural1

The high treeless land that marked the northernmost extent of the Shire's Northfarthing. The moors were in fact the lower southern slopes of the Hills of Evendim, beyond which lay the ancient and ruined city of Men known as Annúminas. The Hobbits of the Shire used the moors for hunting, and it was on one such hunt that Halfast Gamgee claimed to have seen a huge 'Tree-man' wandering the northern uplands.



The northern regions of the Shire are not mapped in any detail, but given the known geography northward of the Shire, we can be reasonably confident that the North Moors lay in the area shown. The placing of some of the elements on this map (particularly Greenfields and the river Norbourn) are based on Tolkien's notes quoted in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion.

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