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Old Words and Names in the Shire

Old Words and Names in the Shire was a short treatise written by Merry Brandybuck sometime after the War of the Ring. In this work Merry discussed the kinship with the language of the Rohirrim of such "shire-words" as mathom and old elements in place names.

This treatise was kept in the library of Bucklebury, perhaps one of those important works that weren't copied into the Red Book.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"