Places in Middle-earth
Region: Bree/The Shire
'I do know something about rope and about knots. It's in the family, 1 as you might say. Why, my grand-dad, and my uncle Andy after him, him that was the Gaffer's eldest brother he had a rope-walk over by Tighfield many a year.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 1, The Taming of Sméagol
Tighfield. This is intended to contain an old word for 'rope' (surviving in some of the senses of the modern English noun tie, in which the spelling is assimilated to that of the related verb tie). It was the site of a 'rope-walk' or rope-maker's yard. It would be best translated by some other word for 'rope' than that used in 'rope-walk'. Related are Icelandic taug and the word with various forms toug, tov, tog, in Danish and Norwegian; also nautical German (from Low German) tou.
The Swedish Slättäng and Dutch Weideveld do not, of course, translate Tighfield as above defined, and are probably mere contextual guesses. There is, however, another place-name element (peculiar to English) that has the same forms as the 'rope' word, though it is probably not related: in modern place-names tigh, teigh, tye, tey. This meant an enclosed piece of land. It does not occur as the first element in a compound.
"Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
From A Tolkien Compass, compiled by Jared Lobdell
Chicago: Open Court Pub Co, June 1975
1 According to the "The Longfather-Tree of Master Samwise", Sam's great-great grandfather, Wiseman Gamwich "removed to Tighfield", where his son Hob "the Roper" Gammidge ("Old Gammidgy"), his grandson (Sam's grandfather) Hobson "Roper" Gamgee, and his great-grandson (Sam's uncle) Andwise "Andy" Roper had their homes, presumably all practicing the craft of rope-making.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, Family Trees
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