Rorimac Brandybuck

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Rorimac Brandybuck
Biographical Information
Other names"Goldfather"
TitlesMaster of Buckland
LocationBrandy Hall, Buckland
BirthS.R. 1302
RuleS.R. 1363 - 1408
DeathS.R. 1408 (aged 106)
ParentageGorbadoc Brandybuck and Mirabella Took
SiblingsAmaranth, Saradas, Dodinas, Asphodel, Dinodas and Primula
SpouseMenegilda Goold
ChildrenSaradoc and Merimac
Physical Description

Rorimac Brandybuck, also known as Old Rory and Goldfather, was a Hobbit and Master of Buckland.


Rorimac was the oldest son of Gorbadoc Brandybuck. He married Menegilda Goold and had two sons, Saradoc and Merimac. He became Master of Buckland after his father's death in S.R. 1363.[1]

After the deaths of his sister, Primula Brandybuck and her husband Drogo Baggins in S.R. 1380, Rorimac took their son, Frodo Baggins under his guardianship in Brandy Hall for nine years. Bilbo Baggins, a kinsman of Drogo, often enjoyed Old Rory's hospitality, and eventually he proposed that Frodo could come with him to Hobbiton.[2]

Rorimac was present at Bilbo's Farewell Party. After Bilbo's disappearance, Rory was one of the first, if not the only, to suspect "Mad Baggins" was off on an adventure again, and told so to his daughter-in-law to quiet her shock; he expressed satisfaction that there was more food to feast with and promptly asked his nephew Frodo for more wine. As part of his departure, Bilbo left him a dozen of bottles of Old Winyards, and as soon as he tasted the first one, Rory voted Bilbo a capital fellow.[2]

Rory died six years later, passing on the title of Master of Buckland to his eldest son Saradoc.[1]


Rory is an Anglicization of the Celtic name Ruaidhrí, meaning "Red King", whilst mac means "son of". Whether "son of the red king" is the actual Westron meaning of the name, or an approximation in sound of the original, is unknown.[source?]


Rorimac Brandybuck
Brandybuck Family
Born: S.R. 1302 Died: S.R. 1408
Preceded by:
Gorbadoc Brandybuck
Master of Buckland
S.R. 1363 - 1408
Followed by:
Saradoc 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