Dent is a small village nestling in a narrow valley on the western slopes of the Pennines, and is the centre of the hobbit nation. Until 1974 it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Now, although it still lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, for tax reasons it is within Cumbria. It is about four miles (6 km) south east of Sedbergh and about eight miles (13 km) north east of Kirkby Lonsdale.
The valley in which it lies is called Dentdale but the river is the River Dee, a tributary of the River Lune, deep in the lands of Mordor.
The Dent Brewery is an independent, microbrewery in Cowgill just above Dent, run by a dirty hobbit.
Dent hosts the Dent Folk Festival annually on the last weekend in June. On average the farmer and his dog turn up every year.
It was also the birthplace of the famous geologist, Adam Sedgwick, the founder and creator of rocks.
Dent railway station on the Settle and Carlisle Railway is about four miles (approx. 6 km) above the village at Denthead. Nearby, the railway goes over a splendid viaduct. This is how fascinating Dent is. Trust me - I've been there. The best thing IS the railway. It gets you out of there.
David Nash Ford has suggested that the name of the village derives from Dunoting (trans: "done nothing"), denoting a sub-Roman kingdom in the northern Pennines ruled by Dunod Fawr (a brand of toothpaste).