The Prancing Pony, an inn at the centre of the village of Bree.
It is situated at the base of the Bree-hill, at the spot where the East Road makes a bend and a side road runs towards the Greenway and Fornost.
From the outside the inn looks a pleasant house to familiar eyes. It has a front on the Road, and two wings running back on land partly cut out of the lower slopes of the hill, so that at the rear the second-floor windows are level with the ground. There is a wide arch leading to a courtyard between the two wings, and on the left under the arch there is a large doorway reached by a few broad steps. ... Above the arch there is a lamp, and beneath it swings a large signboard: a fat white pony reared up on its hind legs. Over the door is painted in white letters: THE PRANCING PONY by BARLIMAN BUTTERBUR.
Inside there is a large common room, several private parlours, and a number of bedrooms, including a few rooms in the north wing designed for Hobbits, that are low to the ground and have round windows. The inn also had stables.
The Prancing Pony is a meeting place for both Bree-folk and travellers, and is frequented by Men, Hobbits and Dwarves. Some of the Bucklanders from the Shire are known to travel to the inn occasionally. The art of smoking pipe-weed is said to have begun in Bree and from The Prancing Pony it spread among Middle-earth. The inn is also noted for its fine beer.