Project Application: Tighfield

Player name(s): Glaridon, Kelly (possibly need to rsvp on that)

Player rank: Builder+, Builder

Location name: Tighfield

Lore: Tighfield was a village or town located somewhere in the Shire.[note 1] It is the home of several families, specifically Gamwich (later Gammidge and Roper families.

Wiseman Gamwich came to Tighfield about two hundred years before the War of the Ring, and Wiseman’s son Hob Gammidge is recorded as a roper, one of a long line of Tighfield rope-makers.[1]

Hob’s son Hobson, and in turn his son Andwise, were said to have practised their craft in a rope-walk (that is, a rope-maker’s yard) for many years.[2]

Hob’s grandson was Hamfast Gamgee, Sam’s father, who left Tighfield for Hobbiton, to start a new life as a gardener.[3] (From Tolkien Gateway)
Tighfield’s name is associated with the tradition of rope-making there and contains an old word for “rope” (see English “tie”, whose spelling was assimilated to verb “tie”). It was the site of a rope-maker’s yard, also called “rope-walk” because the ropes were stretched out in long lines over trestles at intervals.[4]

Tolkien notes the modern place-name elements tigh, teigh, tye, tey which are unrelated; they mean “an enclosed piece of land” and do not occur as the first element in a compound.[4]

Tolkien also noted that the term “rope-walk” in the text has confused several of his translators, to the point of imagining rope bridges.[4]

Tighfield was the home of the Gamwiches, Gammidges, who were the ancestors of the Gamgee family and the Ropers. The Ropers owned or perhaps managed a rope making business here and a ropewalk was located here. Samwise Gamgee’s grandfather Hobson Gamgee managed the ropewalk until it was turned over to his son Andwise Roper and then on to Anson Roper in later times.[2] (From Lotr wiki, may not be as reliable)

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Reference Imagery:

(Without the messed up roof)