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Introduced some time after III 26701
Produced in the Southfarthing of the Shire
Probably descended from pipe-weed originally introduced by Tobold Hornblower
'Southern' must surely be related to the Southfarthing2; it is uncertain whether 'Star' has any particular significance, but it may refer to the five-pointed shape of a pipe-weed flower.


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Southern Star

A famous variety of pipe-weed

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A variety of pipe-weed grown in the Southfarthing of the Shire, and apparently originating in the district around Longbottom. The 'star' of its name presumably refers to the star-shaped flowers of the pipe-weed plant.



All we can say for certain is that Southern Star was being produced in the early days of the Fourth Age, when Meriadoc Brandybuck recorded it in his Herblore of the Shire. It presumably dated back much further than this, perhaps as far as c. III 2670 (or 1070 by the Shire-reckoning) when pipe-weed was first introduced into the Shire.


Given that Southern Star was only one of several varieties of pipe-weed grown in the Southfarthing, the particular choice of the word 'Southern' may imply that this variety came from the southern parts of that farthing, perhaps even as far south as the regions near Sarn Ford on the Shire's southern border.

See also...

Longbottom Leaf

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