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Woody End

The high woods above the Marish

A broad and densely wooded upland region of the Eastfarthing of the Shire, lying between the Green Hill Country on the west and the Marish on the east. From the hills of the Woody End sprang the Stock-brook, which ran down eastwards to meet the Brandywine at Stock.

The Woody End itself was only sparsely populated, though the village of Woodhall lay among the fringes of the oak forest at its northern edge. This is perhaps the reason why the region was favoured by the Elves, who would travel there at times from Lindon, or pass through from Rivendell on pilgrimages to the Tower Hills. For a time the Woody End had less savoury visitors, too, when a group of ruffians settled there at the time of Sharkey's rule in the Shire.

After the Shire-hobbits won back their land, Elves were seen in the Woody End again. In particular, it was here that Frodo Baggins and his fellow Travellers met the Keepers of the Three Rings on 22 September III 3021. From there the companions travelled on to the Grey Havens, and Bilbo and Frodo set sail from Middle-earth aboard the White Ship.

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