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                The Fellowship of the Ring, 112 the question of whether ornot horses can cross the Brandywine River comes up at                                    Buckleberry Ferry. We know that at least 1 hobbitpony can ride the ferry, as Merry takes his across on it when he searches      for Frodo who is late to arrive; but theredoesn’t seem to be an ability for them, either ponies or horses, to swim it atthis  point, they must go up to the Bridgeor down to Sarn Ford, as Merry’s response to Frodo is: “
 
The word "Brandywine" both resembles the original Elvish name "Baranduin", and provides the Hobbitish meaning adequately.
 
  
Can horses cross the river?”
 
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{{location
 
| image=[[File:Mariët Theune - The Brandywine ferry.jpg|250px]]
 
| name=Baranduin
 
| othernames=Brandywine, Branda-nîn, Bralda-hîm
 
| etymology=Goldenbrown water
 
| type=River
 
| location=[[Eriador]]
 
| inhabitants=
 
| realms=[[Arnor]], [[Arthedain]], [[the Shire]]
 
| description=long, golden-brown river
 
| events=
 
| references=
 
|}}
 
{{quote|And no wonder they're queer, ... if they live on the wrong side of the Brandywine River, and right akin the Old Forest. That's a dark bad place, if half the tales be true.|[[Daddy Twofoot]], ''[[A Long-expected Party]]''}}
 
 
The '''Baranduin''' was a river in [[Eriador]]. To the [[Hobbits]] of [[the Shire]], the '''Brandywine''' (as they called it) was the boundary between the known and unknown, and even those who lived in [[Buckland]] on the immediate opposite shore were considered "peculiar".
 
==History==
 
After the realm of [[Arnor]] was broken up in {{TA|861}}, the river south of the [[Brandywine Bridge]] served as part of the border between [[Arthedain]] and [[Cardolan]].<ref>{{App|A1iii}}</ref>
 
 
When the [[Shire]] was founded, the river was its eastern border. In {{TA|2340}} [[Gorhendad Oldbuck]] crossed the river and founded [[Brandy Hall]], and Baranduin now separated the [[Eastfarthing]] from [[Buckland]].
 
 
[[Primula Brandybuck|Primula]] and [[Drogo Baggins]], parents of [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], were lost along the river in a boating accident in {{TA|2980}}.
 
==Course==
 
Flowing out of [[Lake Evendim]] in northern [[Eriador]], the river flowed eastward for about 60 miles before turning generally southward; after about another 120 miles it flowed through the easternmost reaches of the Shire, forming that land's eastern border, except for [[Buckland]], which lies east of it. Its only major crossings in the Shire are the [[Brandywine Bridge]] (originally ''Bridge of Stonebows'') on the [[East Road]] and the [[Bucklebury Ferry]]. The [[Girdley Island]] is  just above the Brandywine Bridge.
 
 
Skirting the [[Old Forest]] to the south, the river then looped south-westward, crossing an old road at [[Sarn Ford]] and flowed to the north of the depopulated region of [[Minhiriath]] before flowing into the [[Belegaer|Sea]] to the north of the forested region of [[Eryn Vorn]].
 
 
==Tributaries==
 
No tributares of the Baranduin are described except those near or in the Shire:
 
* [[The Water]] - central Shire, from the northwest
 
* [[The Stock-brook]] - arises in the Woody End
 
* River [[Shirebourn]] - rises in Green-Hill country, tributary is Thistle Brook
 
* [[Withywindle]] - from the Old Forest
 
* River [[Norbourn]] - in the [[Farthings|Northfarthing]]
 
 
 
==Etymology==
 
The name ''Baranduin'' was [[Sindarin]] for "golden-brown river", from ''[[baran (Sindarin)|baran]]'' and ''[[duin]]''.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, pp. 765-6</ref>
 
 
The [[Hobbits]] of the Shire originally gave it the punning name ''[[Branda-nîn]]'', meaning "border water" in original [[Hobbitish]] [[Westron]]. This was later punned again as ''[[Bralda-hîm]]'' meaning "heady ale" (referring to the colour of its water), which Tolkien renders into English as ''[[Brandywine]]''.<ref name="AppF">{{App|F2}}</r
 
 
==Can Horses Cross the Brandywine==
 
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                The Fellowship of the Ring, 112 the question of whether ornot horses can cross the Brandywine River comes up at                                    Buckleberry Ferry. We know that at least 1 hobbitpony can ride the ferry, as Merry takes his across on it when he searches      for Frodo who is late to arrive; but theredoesn’t seem to be an ability for them, either ponies or horses, to swim it atthis  point, they must go up to the Bridgeor down to Sarn Ford, as Merry’s response to Frodo is: “Can horses cross the river?”
 
                                “They can go twenty miles north to Brandywine Bridge- or they might swim,” answered Merry, “Though I never heard of any                                      horseswimming the Brandywine
 
 
 
 
 
.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[:Category:Images of Baranduin|Images of Baranduin]]
 
 
{{references}}
 
[[Category:Eriador]]
 
[[Category:Rivers]]
 
[[Category:Sindarin locations]]
 
 
[[de:Baranduin]]
 
[[fi:Baranduin]]
 
[[fr:encyclo:geographie:eaux:eriador:baranduin]]
 

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