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Skirting the Old Forest to the south, the river then loops south-westward, crossing an old road at [[Sarn Ford]] and flowing to the north of the depopulated region of [[Minhiriath]] before flowing into the [[Belegaer|Sundering Sea]] to the north of the forested region of [[Eryn Vorn]].
 
Skirting the Old Forest to the south, the river then loops south-westward, crossing an old road at [[Sarn Ford]] and flowing to the north of the depopulated region of [[Minhiriath]] before flowing into the [[Belegaer|Sundering Sea]] to the north of the forested region of [[Eryn Vorn]].
  
The name ''Baranduin'' was [[Sindarin]] for "golden-brown river". 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''.
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[[Primula Brandybuck|Primula]] and [[Drogo Baggins]], parents of [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], were lost along the river in a boating accident.  
  
 
To the Hobbits of the Shire, the Brandywine was the boundary between the known and unknown, and even those who lived in [[Buckland]] on the immediate opposite shore were considered "peculiar".
 
To the Hobbits of the Shire, the Brandywine was the boundary between the known and unknown, and even those who lived in [[Buckland]] on the immediate opposite shore were considered "peculiar".
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There is a [[Girdley Island]] in the river just above the Brandywine Bridge.
 
There is a [[Girdley Island]] in the river just above the Brandywine Bridge.
 
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==Etymology==
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The name ''Baranduin'' was [[Sindarin]] for "golden-brown river". 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'', a word which both resembles the original Elvish name, and provides the Hobbitish meaning adequately.
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Brandywine]] for other uses of the name.''
 
* [[Brandywine]] for other uses of the name.''

Revision as of 13:00, 30 July 2008

The Baranduin ('The Brown River') was also referred to as the Brandywine River.

Flowing out of Nenuial (Lake Evendim) in northern Eriador, the river flows eastward for about 60 miles before turning generally southward; after about another 120 miles it flows through the easternmost reaches of the Shire, forming its eastern border except for Buckland which lies between it and the Old Forest. Its only major crossings in the Shire are the Brandywine Bridge (originally Bridge of Stonebows) on the East Road and the Bucklebury Ferry.

Skirting the Old Forest to the south, the river then loops south-westward, crossing an old road at Sarn Ford and flowing to the north of the depopulated region of Minhiriath before flowing into the Sundering Sea to the north of the forested region of Eryn Vorn.

Primula and Drogo Baggins, parents of Frodo, were lost along the river in a boating accident.

To the Hobbits of the Shire, the Brandywine was the boundary between the known and unknown, and even those who lived in Buckland on the immediate opposite shore were considered "peculiar".

No tributary of the Baranduin are described except those near or in the Shire:

There is a Girdley Island in the river just above the Brandywine Bridge.

Etymology

The name Baranduin was Sindarin for "golden-brown river". 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, a word which both resembles the original Elvish name, and provides the Hobbitish meaning adequately.

See also