A Pleasant valley town in the upper reach of the Eastfarthing, Norby was settled later than most Shire-villages.In the early 20th century, Norby became a refuge for jugglers and minstrels, the retreat of the last generation of Hobbit court entertainers from dying Arthedain. It kept up their tradition over the centuries. Many local families had entertainer's names, such as Lyric, Storyman, Stringfellow, and Harpsinger. Wonderful musical instruments, some of magical Elvish and Arthadan make, could be found in local mathom collections. The town also had a Playman's Guild, the only one in the Shire; its members put on shows at spring and fall festivals throughout the farthings.
- MERP:The Shire