The Five Shires

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The Five Shires
GAZ8 TSR9232 The Five Shires.jpg
AuthorEd Greenwood
GenreRole-playing game
Publication date

The Five Shires is an accessory for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.


The book describes the land of the halflings, or Hin, as they call themselves.[1] The 24-page "Player's Booklet" gives an overview of the Shires and their inhabitants, with rules for high-level halflings and new spells.[1] The 72-page "Dungeon Masters Booklet" gives a more detailed description of the Shire's history, climate, geography, government, defenses, religion, and "The Pirate Life".[1] The gazetteer also includes a section on "Campaigning in the Five Shires", encounter tables and suggestions for adventure scenarios, and rules for adaptation to AD&D.[1]

Publication history[edit]

GAZ8 The Five Shires was written by Ed Greenwood, with a cover by Clyde Caldwell, and was published in 1988 by TSR as a 72-page book and a 24-page book, with a large color map and an outer folder.[1]


Lawrence Schick, in his 1991 book Heroic Worlds, calls The Five Shires "Probably the best fantasy supplement on halflings/hobbits."[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 141. ISBN 0-87975-653-5.