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First mentioned in annals c. III 1300, but had apparently existed for some considerable time before this
The Bree-land, east of the Shire
Important peaks
Bree lay on the slopes of the Bree-hill
Possibly from Old English brú, 'hill'1


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An ancient township of Eriador

Map of Bree
Map showing Bree and the Bree-land (somewhat conjectural)2
Map showing Bree and the Bree-land (somewhat conjectural)2

An ancient colony in Eriador shared by Hobbits and Men. Far older than the Shire, it was from Bree that the two Fallohides, Marcho and Blanco, set out to found that land.



Strictly speaking, brú refers not to a hill itself, but to some feature associated with it (especially the top, or a cliff or bank). The word is more familiar in its Scots form, still in use today, which is brae.


Apart from Bree itself, the locations of the villages within the Bree-land are not mapped directly. The locations shown here are based on descriptions in the text.

See also...

Afteryule, Andrath, Appledore Family, Apples, Aragorn Elessar, Arahad II, Archet, Argeleb II, Astron, Banakil, Banks Family, Barley, Big Folk, Big People, Bill, [See the full list...]


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