The High Hay was a thick, tall hedge that bordered Buckland on the east.


High Hay protected the Hobbits of Buckland from the trees of the Old Forest, which grew near it at many points. Planted many generations before the War of the Ring, they tended it carefully. The hedge was twenty miles long, starting at the Brandywine Bridge, looping away from the river, and ending at Haysend.[1]

The Brandybuck Family had a private entrance through the High Hay to the Old Forest. A brick tunnel sloped down under the hedge and came out in a hollow on the other side. There was a gate of thick-set iron bars and a lock at the end in the Old Forest. This entrance is how Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck, and Peregrin Took got into the Old Forest.[2]


Foreign Language Translated name
Finnish Pitkät puut
German Hoher Hag
Hebrew ה משוכה הגבוהה
Italian Frattalta
Polish Zielony Mur


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter V: "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, 'The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter VI: "The Old Forest"
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