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Dates
First cultivated in c. III 2670 (1070 by the Shire-reckoning)
Location
Grown especially in the Southfarthing of the Shire, and also on the Bree-hill
Origins
Cultivated from wild herbs by Tobold Hornblower, possibly originating from the Bree-land1
Race
Most commonly enjoyed by Hobbits, though members of various other races also enjoyed smoking a pipe
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Pipe-weed

The Shire-hobbits’ contribution to civilization

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Tobacco, or a closely related plant, adopted for smoking by the Hobbits, and hence also called Halflings' Leaf.


Notes

1

Tobold refused to explain the source of his Pipe-weed, but circumstantial evidence strongly suggests that he discovered it in the lands around Bree during travels there in his youth. The plant was brought to Bree from the southern and eastern lands of Middle-earth, and to there from Númenor during the Second Age (hence its alternative name of westmansweed).

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