The Lord of the Rings: Shadow of the East
Bree is the largest town in Bree-land, a region of Arthedain that is peaceful, agricultural, and largely autonomous. The town is home to approximately 400 people, half of whom are Hobbits. The town is built around a large hill and is protected by a formidable dike surmounted by a thick hedge. Numerous smials, or Hobbit-holes, can be found in the flanks of Bree-hill. Both Men and Hobbits live in Bree, making it one of the few locations Middle-earth where co-operation between folk of different races occurs. Due to its central location, Bree witnesses many strange folk passing through its streets, and the town is a perfect place to acquire or sell information.
War and pestilence have not changed Bree in any profound manner. The culture and politics in this era are a combination of quaint customs, strong kinship bonds, and modified versions of the venerable law codes of Arnor and Arthedain. Customs from the ancient Mebion Bron mix with Eriadorian legacies and practices brought from Rhovanion by the Hobbits. Informality is usually the norm, but this does not mean that there is any lack of seriousness — even among the jovial Halflings. Outsiders are many, but their actions are carefully watched, and the earthy, conservative, peaceful Bree-ways in most cases prevail.