The Bywater pool in The Lord of the Rings Online

The Bywater Pool was a lake just north of the town of Bywater in the Westfarthing of the Shire. It was fed by the Water which came from the far north of the Shire.[1][2]


Sam Gamgee, and the Cottons including Rosie Cotton, and her brothers Carl Cotton, Bowman Cotton, Wilcome Cotton, and Tolman Cotton Jr. used to swim in the lake when they were young.[3]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Video gamesEdit

The Bywater pool was featured in The Lord of the Rings Online.


Non-canonical appearancesEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Dutch Plas van Bijwater
Spanish Piscina de Bywater

Lakes of Arda

Bywater pool | Forbidden Pool | Gollum's lake | Great Lake | Kheled-zâram (Mirrormere) | Lake Evendim | Lake Helevorn | Lake Mithrim | Linaewen | Long Lake | Lórellin | Nen Hithoel | Nísinen | Tarn Aeluin


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Shire"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "The Battle of Bywater"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter III: "Mount Doom"