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Holdwine was the name given to Meriadoc Brandybuck among the Rohirrim, and used by them to record his deeds in their annals.[1] Its meaning is never given explicitly, and there are several possible interpretations, of which the most likely seems to be 'faithful friend' (from Old English hold, 'faithful, loyal' and wine, 'friend').


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark", Third Line, Footnote to Éomer Éadig