Bucklebury

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Bucklebury
Village
General Information
LocationBuckland
TypeVillage
InhabitantsHobbits

Bucklebury was the chief village of Buckland, lying in the shadow of Buck Hill, seat of the Master of Buckland. It was built about a mile east of the banks of the River Brandywine.[1]

The Bucklebury Ferry was a passage across the Brandywine between Bucklebury and the Marish.

Etymology[edit]

The name means Buck-burg, or Buck-town (buck always means male goat or deer).

Tolkien notes that it's "Bucklebury" rather than plain "Buckbury" because the word is either an alteration of earlier Bucken-bury (Bucken being archaic plural) or a reduction of Buckland.[2]

Based on this, David Salo has suggested that Bucklebury represents a possible Old Hobbitish form *Buccanburh "Bucca's burg".[3]

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