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The lands between the Far Downs and the Three-Farthing Stone
'west quarter'


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  • Updated 27 September 2009
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Westfarthing of the Shire

The lands westward from Hobbiton

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The Westfarthing of the Shire (slightly conjectural1)

Farthings and marches of the Shire

The western farthing of the Shire encompassed the land between the Far Downs and the Three-Farthing Stone. Much of the landscape of the Westfarthing consisted of a hilly country of chalk, especially its central White Downs, on which the town of Michel Delving was built. Towards its northern and eastern borders the land became lower, and the valley of the small river known as the Water ran along the northeastern edge of the farthing.

Politically, the Westfarthing seems to have been the most important of the Shire's four farthings. It not only contained Michel Delving, the chief town of the Shire, but also the seat of the Thains at Great Smials in the Tookland, and the important town of Hobbiton, home of the Baggins family.



Some of the features on this map were never directly mapped by Tolkien, and so their locations are inferred from descriptions. Specifically, we don't know the exact course of the western border of the Westfarthing, but we do know that the Far Downs marked the Shire's border in that direction. Similarly, the locations of Michel Delving and Longbottom are not established with certainty, but they cannot have differed significantly from the positions shown here.

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