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Bucklanders

"And no wonder they're queer, if they live on the wrong side of the Brandywine River, and right agin the Old Forest. That's a dark bad place, if half the tales be true."
"You're right, Dad! Not that the Brandybucks of Buckland live
in the Old Forest; but they're a queer breed, seemingly. They fool about with boats on that big river-and that isn't natural."
Daddy Twofoot and Gaffer Gamgee[1]

The inhabitants of Buckland on the eastern borders of the Shire, derive from the folk of the Eastfarthing who followed Gorhendad Oldbuck across the Brandywine, and were mainly Stoors.[2]

The Bucklanders acknowledged the Master of Buckland as their leader. The Brandybucks, descendants of Gorhendad who founded Buckland, were considered the most important family of the Bucklanders; the Masters had a strong Fallohidish strain in their blood, it is said, and this made them more adventurous than other Bucklanders.[2]

While Hobbits are known to be afraid of rivers and boats, and few could swim (let alone of the Sea, a token of fear and death for them, and very few had ever saw it) the Bucklanders's boats where often seen on the Brandywine River that bordered their land.[1]

On the eastern border of Buckland lay the dangerous Old Forest, and the constant threat of the dark trees made the Bucklanders somewhat hardier than typical hobbits.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"