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Dwaling was a village in the far Northern parts of the Eastfarthing of the Shire, just north of the hills of Scary.[1]

[edit] Etymology

In a note to translators, Tolkien said that Dwaling was a regular toponymic formation of a settlement's name, "the descendants of Dwale". Dwale would be a nick-name of one particular Hobbit, and the name was derived from Old English dwale, "dull".[2] This name has been connected to Dwalakōneis, the Gothic translation of Tolkien's own name.[2][3]

Formerly, before the publication of the abovementioned note, David Salo had suggested it is a form of "dwelling", from Old English dwellan 'stop, stay, tarry'.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Undated note part of Nomenclature, cited in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page lviii
  3. Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, pp. 49-52
  4. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 11 December 2019)