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Dates
Founded no earlier than the foundation of the Shire in III 1601 (year 1 by the Shire-reckoning); survived into the Fourth Age
Location
On the upper Water in the Shire's Westfarthing1
Race
Culture
Meaning
Perhaps 'hole of a (Hobbit named) Needle'1

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Needlehole

A village in the northwest of the Shire

A small village in the remote northwestern parts of the Shire. It lay strictly within the Westfarthing, but only a few miles from the borders of the Northfarthing. It had few neighbouring settlements, apart from the village of Nobottle to the west. Probably its nearest town of any size was Waymeet, some thirty miles to the south. Needlehole was connected to Waymeet by a winding a circuituous road, whose wide loops were in part required to avoid Rushock Bog, directly to the south of Needlehole village.


Notes

1

Needlehole in the Shire was perhaps inspired by the tiny hamlet of the same name in Gloucestershire, England. The origins of the name are uncertain, but it appears to have derived from 'Needle's hole' (that is, 'Needle' was personal name). In the context of the Shire, the 'hole' would presumably refer to a Hobbit-hole, which was apparently occupied at some point by a Hobbit known as 'Needle'.

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