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Brandybuck Family

The Brandybuck Family began as the Oldbuck clan, who named themselves such apparently after a Bucca of the Marish, who became the first Thain of the Shire. Ten Oldbuck Thains followed, until Gordenhad Oldbuck, the twelveth Thain, migrated into Buckland over the river Brandywine.

Gordenhad renamed himself Brandybuck, and began delving the great smials of Brandy Hall. Around the hill was built the village of Bucklebury.

Stoorish characteristics and appearance remained among the Brandybucks, who formed a powerful dynasty which became mostly independent of the Shire, although Buckland remained nominally a part of it. They were seen as 'odd folk' by the other Hobbits of the Shire because they locked their doors at night (because of the exposure to the Old Forest).

The head of the family was the Master of Buckland, one of the officials of the Shire. This office was founded by Gorhendad Brandybuck. It was traditional for each of the Masters to have an epigraph attached to their names, such as Gorbadoc "Broadbelt", Saradoc "Scattergold", and the most famous, Meriadoc Brandybuck the Magnificent. Like the Thain and Warden of Westmarch, the Master had only nominal authority.

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[edit] Family Tree of the Brandybucks of Buckland

Showing the prominent members of the Brandybuck clan.[1] The figures after the names are those of birth (and death where that is recorded). A dashed line indicates marriage, or when extended vertically, indicates a line of descent with one or more generations not shown. Names in italics signify those who attended Bilbo's Farewell Party on 22 September S.R. 1401. Names in parentheses represent significant hobbits related to the Brandybucks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gorhendad Oldbuck
[note 1]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gormadoc 'Deepdelver'
1134-1236
 
Malva Headstrong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madoc 'Proudneck'
1175-1277
 
Hanna Goldworthy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sadoc
1179
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marroc
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marmadoc 'Masterful'
1217-1310
 
Adaldrida Bolger
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
two sons
 
Salvia
1226
 
Gundabald Bolger
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
many descendants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
various descendants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gorbadoc 'Broadbelt'
1260-1363
 
Mirabella Took
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orgulas
1268
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rorimac "Goldfather"
1302-1408 [note 2]
 
Menegilda Goold
 
Amaranth
1304-1398
 
Saradas
1308-1407
 
Dodinas
 
Asphodel
1313-1412
 
Rufus Burrows
 
Dinodas
 
Primula
1320-1380
 
Drogo Baggins
[note 3][2]
 
Gorbulas
1308
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saradoc "Scattergold"
1340-1432
 
Esmeralda Took
 
Merimac
1342-1430
 
Seredic
1348
 
Hilda Bracegirdle
 
 
 
(Milo Burrows)
1347
 
(Peony Baggins)
 
 
 
 
 
(FRODO BAGGINS)
 
 
 
Marmadas
1343
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meriadoc "the Magnificent"
1382
 
Estella Bolger
 
Berilac
1380
 
Doderic
1389
 
Ilberic
1391
 
Celandine
1394
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merimas
1381
 
Mentha
1383
 
Melilot
1385
 

[edit] Family Tree Notes

  1. Of the Marish, c. S.R. 740 began building Brandy Hall and changed the family name to Brandybuck
  2. Known as 'Old Rory'
  3. Drogo and Primula went boating on the Brandywine River and drowned together.

[edit] Etymology

The name contains the elements of Brandywine and Oldbuck. It is a translation of Westron Brandagamba.

[edit] Inspiration

Brandybuck is a rare English name which Tolkien had come across.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Brandybuck of Buckland"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 754