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Bucca of the Marish

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'''Bucca of the Marish'''. The end of the second millennium of the [[Third Age]] was a time of crisis for the [[Hobbits]] of the [[Shire]]. The northern lands of [[Middle-earth]] were aflame with war. The armies of [[Angmar]], of [[Arthedain]], of [[Cardolan]], [[Rhudaur]] and latterly [[Gondor]] marched across the lands that had been the northern realm of [[Arnor]]. Most of the Shire-hobbits went into hiding, though some few marched to the service of [[Arthedain]], within whose borders the Shire lay, but they never returned.
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'''Bucca of the Marish''' was the first thain of the [[Hobbits]] in [[Eriador]].  
  
At last, peace returned: the kingdoms of the [[Dúnedain]] fell one by one, and then the victorious [[Witch-king of Angmar]] was himself defeated by a revenging army of Gondor. The Hobbits returned to their old lives, but the loss of [[Arvedui]], the last king of Arthedain, left them leaderless.
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==Life==
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Around [[Third Age 1979|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 of Arthedain|King]]'s stead. Little else is known about him, other than that he brought peace and prosperity to the Hobbits.  
  
After four years had passed since the end of the great wars, the Hobbits decided to take a leader for themselves. They chose one Bucca of the Marish, who was granted the title [[Thain]] of the Shire, and led the Shire-hobbits to peace and prosperity.
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==Legacy==
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As the first of a line, he gained a legacy similar to [[Eorl]] in [[Rohan]] (though, atmittedly, not that heroic); his family became the [[Oldbucks]] and eventually the [[Brandybucks]].  
  
No more is known of Bucca's life, but his legacy remained until the time of the [[War of the Ring]] and beyond. At that time, more than twelve hundred years after his Thainship, the [[Master of Buckland|Masters of Buckland]] still proudly claimed descent from Bucca the first Thain.
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==Etymology==
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The word '''Bucca''' is Old English for "he-goat". The [[Westron]] version of his name was '''Gamba'''.  
  
 
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Bucca of the Marish was the first thain of the Hobbits in Eriador.

Life

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.

Legacy

As the first of a line, he gained a legacy similar to Eorl in Rohan (though, atmittedly, not that heroic); his family became the Oldbucks and eventually the Brandybucks.

Etymology

The word Bucca is Old English for "he-goat". The Westron version of his name was Gamba.