The Withywindle was the lesser tributary of the Brandywine River that flowed through the Barrow-downs and the Old Forest and passed into Buckland on the borders of The Shire. The Withywindle valley was said to be the source of all the strange occurrences in the Old Forest. Tom Bombadil lived here in his house on top of a hill between the Barrow-downs and Old Forest.
Long ago in an unknown age, Tom Bombadil met Goldberry, the River-daughter, in a pool down the Withywindle. He later brought her to his home north of the river and every summer would gather water-lilies for her along the river side. He was on his last trip of the year when he met Frodo Baggins and the rest of his company on September 26, 3018.
When Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin were passing through the valley of the Withywindle, they encountered Old Man Willow, an ancient tree who showed bitter hatred to all other living creatures in Middle-earth people and trees alike. The Hobbits were lulled to sleep under his spell all except Frodo and Sam who regained consciousness in time to save Merry and Pippin who had been trapped inside the old willow's trunk. Tom Bombadil happened to be strolling along the river at the time and rescued them all by demanding that he let them go. He was the only person that could control the evil tree's temper.
At the mouth of the Withywindle there was a haven in the north bank called Grindwall. The Grindwall was not under the protection of the High Hay therefore it was guarded by a fence that was built extending into the waters shallows. There was a small village called Breredon on the other side of the Grindwall between the Brandywine and the High Hay.
The word withy means 'willow' (common element in English place-names) and windle meaning spindle or reel and is supposed to be translated from Hobbitish.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Albanian||Gisht i shelgut|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Уилоу вретено|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||柳蘇河|
|Georgian||ტირიფი ლილვი ?|
|Irish Gaelic||fearsaid Saileach|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Саясында ийик|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Врба вретено|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||бургас спиндель|
|Portuguese||Fuso de salgueiro|
|Serbian||Врба вретено (Cyrillic) Vrelno vreteno (Latin)|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Вертушка верби|
|Vietnamese||Cây liểu trục chính|
|Nunduinë • Siril|
|Glanduin • Gwathló • Hoarwell • Lune • Sirannon • Withywindle|
|Anduin • Celebrant • Enchanted river • Forest River • Gladden • Greylin • Limlight • Nimrodel • Redwater • River Running|
|Anduin • Ciril • Erui • Gilrain • Harnen • Lefnui • Mering Stream • Morgulduin • Poros • Ringló • Serni|
|Adorn • Entwash • Isen • Mering Stream • Snowbourn|
|Brandywine River • The Water • Shirebourn|
|Adurant • Ascar • Brilthor • Duilwen • Gelion • Legolin • Little Gelion • Thalos|
|Aros • Dry River • Esgalduin • Mindeb • Narog • Rivil • Taeglin|
|Brithon • Celebros • Celon • Malduin • Nenning • Ringwil • Sirion|