13 June 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 348: Smials

My character's Smial in LOTRO

Smials (trân ‘burrow’ in its original Hobbit-form) were large tunnels or delvings inhabited by only the richest and poorest of the Hobbits of the Shire (the archaic practice of living in holes in the ground had slowly fallen out of use by the time of the War of the Ring).  Smials varied in size and splendour: some of the larger ones (such as the Great Smials or Brandy Hall) contained many branching tunnels and passages, while Bag End was a good example of a ‘manor-hole.’ Some smials were so large that they had room for more than a hundred Hobbits.

The Great Smials

The Great Smials (also called the Smials) were a vast series of tunnels, located in the Green Hills of Tuckborough, which were home to the Tooks. Their excavation was begun in TA 2683 (1083 Shire Reckoning) by Thain Isengrim II.

Brandy Hall

Built into the side of Buck Hill, Brandy Hall was the home of the majority of the Brandybuck clan. Its excavation was commenced in TA 2340 by Gorhendad Oldbuck (who later changed the family name to Brandybuck). The chief of the Brandybuck clan was thereafter known as the Master of Buckland (or of the Hall).

Bag End

See: Bag End

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