Located in the North-West of Middle-Earth, this is the country of the Hobbits.
It was ceded to them by Argleb II in the year 1601 of the Third Age of the Sun. Originally
consisting of four areas that they called Farthings, which were the Northfarthing,
Westfarthing, Southfarthing and Eastfarthing. Later the area of Buckland was added to the
Shire. By the decree of King Elessar, early in the Fourth Age of the Sun, the Westmarch,
including the Tower Hills was added to the Shire. By the decree of the King, no Men were
to enter the Shire at all. Only two battles were ever fought in the Shire: The Battle of
Greenfields, fought against orcs, in 2747 and the Battle of Bywater at the end of the
War of the Ring in 3019.
Many areas of the Shire are named for families prominent in that region, such as the Tookland or
Buckland. However, other than in those two cases, where the families still lived mostly in that region,
hobbit families had spread to the rest of the Shire.
The Lord of the Rings
Southfarthing | The
Eastfarthing | The
Brandywine River | The Westfarthing | The
Northfarthing | Buckland | The Tower Hills | Arnor | Hobbiton | Bag-End | Aragorn | The
Third Age of the Sun | The
Fourth Age of the Sun | Saruman |