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Holdwine of the Shire was the name given to Meriadoc Brandybuck among the Rohirrim, and used by them to record his deeds in their annals.[1]


The word is Old English but its meaning is never given explicitly; and there are several possible interpretations, of which one is "faithful friend". The name Holdwine is composed of the Old English elements hold ("faithful" or "loyal") and wine ("friend").[2]


  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
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 644