Gorbadoc Brandybuck

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Gorbadoc Brandybuck
Biographical Information
Other names"Broadbelt"
TitlesMaster of Buckland
LocationBrandy Hall, Buckland
BirthS.R. 1260
RuleS.R. 1310 - 1363
DeathS.R. 1363 (aged 103)
ParentageMarmadoc Brandybuck and Adaldrida Bolger
SpouseMirabella Took
ChildrenRorimac, Amaranth, Saradas, Dodinas, Asphodel, Dinodas and Primula
Physical Description

Gorbadoc "Broadbelt" Brandybuck was a Hobbit of the Shire.

History[edit | edit source]

Gorbadoc was the son of Marmadoc Brandybuck and after his father's death in S.R. 1310, he became Master of Buckland.

He married Mirabella Took, and had in all seven children: Rorimac, Amaranth, Saradas, Dodinas, Asphodel, Dinodas and Primula.[1]

According to Hamfast Gamgee, Gorbadoc was generous and his son-in-law Drogo Baggins enjoyed visiting Brandy Hall for his rich table,[2] at least until Gorbadoc's death in S.R. 1363.[1] But according to Hamfast it was during one of his visits to him when he and his wife Primula were drowned in S.R. 1380.[2] In reality Gorbadoc had been dead by then.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Jim Allan suggested that the Celtic-sounding name Gorbadoc is "a slight alteration of Gorboduc or Gorbodugu", a fictional pre-Roman king of the Britons.[3] In 1988, the publication of The Return of the Shadow confirmed that Tolkien had indeed used the name Gorboduc in four extant manuscript versions.[4][5]

His name 'Broadbelt' derives from his generous table and waistline.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Brandybuck of Buckland"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, p. 202
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The First Phase: I. A Long-expected Party", pp. 17 (note 5), 26, 36, 38
  5. Giovanni Carmine Costabile, Harm Schelhaas, "Tolkien Society Facebook group post" dated 17 January 2017, Facebook (accessed 21 January 2017)
  6. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 171
Gorbadoc Brandybuck
Brandybuck Family
Born: S.R. 1260 Died: S.R. 1363
Preceded by:
Marmadoc Brandybuck
Master of Buckland
S.R. 1310 - 1363
Followed by:
Rorimac Brandybuck

Masters of Buckland
Gorhendad Oldbuck (from S.R. 740) · unknown · Gormadoc Brandybuck (until 1236) · Madoc Brandybuck (1236 - 1277) · Marmadoc Brandybuck (1277 - 1310) · Gorbadoc Brandybuck (1310 - 1364) · Rorimac Brandybuck (1364 - 1408) · Saradoc Brandybuck (1408 - 1432) · Meriadoc Brandybuck (1432 - 1484) · unknown