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General Information
Other namesUpburnan
LocationHarrowdale (Rohan)
DescriptionA small hamlet on the banks of the Snowbourn river

Upbourn was a hamlet located in Rohan, south of Edoras on the banks of the Snowbourn in the valley of Harrowdale.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name is a modernisation of the Old English Upburnan as would represent Rohirric.[2]

It derives from the fact that the hamlet was some way "up" the river Snowbourn.[2]

As Tolkien noted, up- is used in English place-names for river-side villages (as Upavon in Wiltshire), especially in contrast to larger places near its mouth (as Upwey above Weymouth).[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 778