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Oatbarton

A settlement of the Shire's Northfarthing

A village or township in the Northfarthing of the Shire, far to the north of Hobbiton. Very little detail is known about Oatbarton, except that it was large enough to merit its own road. Halfway between Bywater and Frogmorton, a road or path led away from the Shire's main East Road and ran northward towards Oatbarton. Though we don't know precisely where Oatbarton lay, we can say that this road ran for at least twenty miles from the East Road, and potentially farther still, before it reached the northern township. We do know that parts of the Northfarthing were given over to farmland, and the name 'Oatbarton', which means essentially 'oat farm', suggests that this settlement lay within the farthing's farming regions.


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Four Farthings

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