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Rushock Bog

Rushock Bog
Swamp
General Information
LocationThe Water, Westfarthing
TypeSwamp

Rushock Bog was a swamp on The Water in the Westfarthing, south of Needlehole and to the north-west of Hobbiton.[1]

Etymology

There is a village Rushock in Worcestershire and a Rushock in Herefordshire. According to Tolkien, the name is derived from the plant rush.[2] David Salo, but also Hammond and Scull, suggested an etymology from Old English *Ryscuc/rixuc meaning "rushy place, rush-bed".[3][2] However Tolkien alternatively suggested a possible compound with hassock "coarse grass".[2]

References

  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 2.2 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lix
  3. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 20 March 2013)