The Lord of the Rings: Shadow of the East
Located in southwestern Arthedain and formerly part of the old Elvish tribal domain of Siragalë, the Shire is a fertile, well-watered province covering some eighteen thousand square miles. In T.A. 1601, King Argeleb II granted the region to Hobbits led by the brothers Blanco and Marcho of the Fallohide tribe. It was underpopulated at the time, and seen as the King’s hunting grounds. Within thirty years, the majority of all three tribes of Hobbits immigrated to the Shire, where they set up their own semi-autonomous society. The Hobbits pay a yearly tax, called the “Rent,” to the king, but remain otherwise autonomous.
Like all of Arnor, it was hit very hard by the Dark Plague, but the Hobbits have shown great resilience and have recovered quicker than most. However, life is not easy for the Hobbits. There is currently a dispute occurring between the Hobbits and the Arthedain noble house of the Tarmëar, who claim the northfarthing of the Shire as their own.