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Southern Star

Southern Star was a variety of pipe-weed grown in the Southfarthing of the Shire, and apparently originating in the district around Longbottom. The 'star' of its name presumably refers to the star-shaped flowers of the pipe-weed plant.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In the second (out of seven) drafts of The Lord of the Rings Prologue, "Southern Star" was originally named "Hornpipe Twist".[2]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

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2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The smoke from Southern Star Pipe-weed takes the form of two smoke rings that pass through each other as they float out from the pipe.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Pipe-weed"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "I. The Prologue", p. 6