The Fellowship of the Ring begins in the village of Hobbiton, in the land of Eriador........
(1) Hobbiton One of the older villages of the Shire. It spans
around the Hill of Hobbiton, near the Pool of Bywater,
in the Westfarthing.
Both Bywater and Hobbiton forms a single community.
(2) Bywater A village in the Westfarthing of the Shire, astride the Great East Road near the Pool of Bywater, and not far from Hobbiton-on-the-Hill.
(3) Buckland A strip of wooded country, nominally part of the Shire, though it lays on the eastern banks of the Brandywine River (Baranduin River), between the River and the Old Forest. [ view map of Buckland ]