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Location
On the Water southward of Needlehole in the Westfarthing of the Shire
Race
Culture
Source
Fed by the Water running into the bog from the north
Outflow
The Water flowed on southwards and eastwards towards Hobbiton
Meaning
'Rushock' probably means 'rush-bed'1

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Rushock Bog

The marshland of Needlehole

Map of Rushock Bog

A boggy region of the Shire many miles to the northwest of Hobbiton. It was formed from a broadening stream that flowed through the village of Needlehole, and the bog itself lay south of that settlement.


Notes

1

The name of this bog in the Shire was likely influenced by Rushock in Worcestershire, just a few miles from Tolkien's childhood home of Sarehole, but the origins of this place-name are not established beyond doubt. It most likely derives from Old English ryscuc, a rushy place or rush-bed, though some sources offer an altenative origin in Middle English russoc, 'rushy place of oaks'. In either case there is a definite connection to rushes, and hence the name is well suited to a bog.

See also...

Needlehole

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