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Location
Flowing generally eastward, though with significant meanders, through the Eastfarthing of the Shire
Race
Culture
Settlements
Willowbottom and Deephallow both lay within a few miles of this river's course
Source
Tributaries
Outflow
Pronunciation
shi'reborn
Meaning
'Shire stream1

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River Shirebourn

A southern river of the Shire

Map of the River Shirebourn

A lesser river of the Shire's Eastfarthing, whose name means simply 'Shire-stream'. Its source was in the uplands of the Green Hill Country, from where it flowed south and then southeast. At Willowbottom, it met the Thistle Brook, and then flowed eastwards until the Shirebourn itself met the Brandywine.

The Shirebourn flowed into the Brandywine beneath Deephallow, and at its mouth formed the boggy region known as the Overbourn Marshes, opposite the southern end of the High Hay.


Notes

1

The element -bourn comes from Old English burna, a stream or brook, so the river 'Shirebourn' was literally the stream that ran through the Shire.

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