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Bucca of the Marish

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Bucca of the Marish
Biographical Information
LocationThe Marish
BirthMid-Third Age
DeathMid-Third Age
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Bucca of the Marish

Bucca of the Marish was the first thain of the Hobbits in Eriador.


Around 379 by Shire Reckoning, some four years after the fall of the North-kingdom, the Hobbits of the Shire elected from their midst one Bucca of the Marish as the first Thain. He was to rule the land in the King's stead. Little else is known about him, other than that he brought peace and prosperity to the Hobbits.[1]

His family became the Oldbucks and eventually the Brandybucks.


The word Bucca is Old English for "buck", "male deer" or "he-goat" which is a translation of the original Westron name Gamba.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. 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
New title
1st Thain of the Shire
T.A. 1979 - ??
Next known:
Gorhendad Oldbuck