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General Information
LocationEast of Staddle and Bree-hill, in Bree-land, Eriador
InhabitantsMen, Hobbits

Combe was a village that lay in a deep valley east of Staddle (which was on the eastern side of Bree-hill opposite of Bree).[1]

[edit] Etymology

The village took its name from its location. Old English cumb means "hollow, valley", cognate to Welsh cwm. Although the name is Old English, David Salo has suggested that it is intended to be a Celticism, like Bree, Archet and Chetwood.[2]

The same element appears in "Deeping-coomb", a valley in the White Mountains.

[edit] Portrayals in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Combe is a busy village that is visted by the player during "Stirrings in the Darkness". Weary travellers can relax and drink in the Comb and Wattle Inn. The village is commanded by Constable Underhill.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  2. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 9 March 2013)