Marcho was one of the two Bree-hobbits who founded the Shire in Third Age 1601. The other was his brother, Blanco.
Old English and Celtic marka is an element that refers to "horse" (see mearas).
The two brothers are perhaps based on Hengest and Horsa, who brought the Saxons to Britany.
- ↑ Jim Allan, An Introduction to Elvish, "An etymological excursion among the Shire Folk"