Places in Middle-earth
Region: Bree/The Shire
Location: A north-south line of low, rolling hills about halfway between the center of the Shire and the western boundary of the Westfarthing; Michel Delving lies where the Great East Road crosses the White Downs.
[In] the flats ... the Hobbits ... began to build above ground. Indeed, even in the hilly regions and the older villages, such as Hobbiton or Tuckborough, or in the chief township of the Shire, Michel Delving on the White Downs, there were now many houses of wood, brick, or stone.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Concerning Hobbits
The only real official in the Shire at this date was the Mayor of Michel Delving (or of the Shire), who was elected every seven years at the Free Fair on the White Downs at the Lithe, that is at Midsummer.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Of the Ordering of the Shire
The travellers trotted on, and as the sun began to sink towards the White Downs far away on the western horizon they came to Bywater by its wide pool....
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire
And when they had passed from the Shire, going about the south skirts of the White Downs, they came to the Far Downs, and to the Towers, and looked on the distant Sea....
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 9, The Grey Havens
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 18Aug06