Bree-land was an area of Eriador located between the Midgewater Marshes and the Barrow-downs.


Bree-land appears to be a lowland area with a hill and a small forested area in its northeastern part. The climate is moderate with warm and moist prevailing winds from the sea. The common tongue of Westron seems to be the preferred speech here.

Bree-land is about twenty-five miles in diameter. Normally it can be approached via the Great East Road coming out of the Shire in the west and from the Greenway from either the north or the south.

The township of Bree lies within this land. Other villages in the area are Combe, Staddle, and Archet. These settlements are home to a mixed population of both Men and Hobbits.[1][2][3]
Map - Bree-Land

Map of Bree-land from The Lord of the Rings Online



Bree-land, as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Online

The area was settled in the Second Age by Men from Dunland. Surviving the wars and chaos of that time, it became part of the kingdoms of Arnor then Arthedain and then maintained a certain independence with the unknowing protection of the Rangers of the North. After the War of the Ring, Bree-land became part of the Reunited Kingdom and presumably prospered well into the Fourth Age.[4]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Online gamesEdit

The Lord of the Rings Online gives a broader definitions of Bree-Land. The game includes Buckland, Old Forest, Midgewater Marshes and the Barrow-downs within its boundaries, though maintaining the individual significance of those locations.


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Eriador"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "At the Prancing Pony"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Landforms"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth