Frogmorton

This small Eriadoran village is actually called Rivernayve by its Mannish inhabitants. It supports four riverside estate houses owned by wealthy merchants from Fornost. Selected by the mercantile families as a idyllic woodland paradise, featuring spring fishing and autumn hunting and hiking, the place seems veritably plagued by frogs in hot weather. The villagers have developed the habit of moving their sick and elderly away from the river if they anticipate death, both because of “bad air” and because the frogs seem to crowd around a sick house so their voices frighten all inside. Understandably, the locals seldom eat frogs.

The owners of Rivernayve resent the Fallohide, Bolger, and Cudding clans who have been land-clearing around their retreat, so the Hobbits have designated a grassy hill just south of town and overlooking the East Road as their official meeting and market place. These Hobbits view frogs as a culinary delicacy, even to the extent of naming their gathering place “Frogmoot” and the village, unofficially, “Frogmorton.” However, Hobbit “gigging” parties along the river sometimes are frightened by frog choruses that sound like mannish chanting, dying frogs that scream mannish screams, and swarming frogs that cluster around hunters, just out of reach and making menacingly intense uproars.

Frogmorton

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