Buckland was a colony of hobbits located between the Old Forest and the Brandywine River, which separated the region from the Shire. Although Shire-hobbits colonized it, it was not formally a part of the Shire.
Buckland was settled around TA 2340 (SR 740) by Gorhendad Oldbuck, an ancestor of Meriadoc Brandybuck. Gorhenhad thus became the first Master of Buckland. He renamed himself Brandybuck, which remained his family's name after that.
Geography & villages
Buckland was located east of the Brandywine River. The hobbits living in Buckland grew a hedge to protect themselves against any evil that may have snuck through the near Old Forest, which bordered Buckland to the east. This "wall" was named the High Hay. Buckland was bordered in the north by the Hay Gate, the only entrance to Buckland near the Brandywine Bridge. In the south, the borders of Buckland followed the High Hay until the Withywindle joined the Brandywine near the village of Haysend. The most notable settlement of Buckland was Bucklebury, where Brandy Hall was located. Brandy Hall was the home of the Master of Buckland, one of the chief officials of the Shire.
An important landmark was Bucklebury Ferry, a raft-ferry used as the second main crossing point of the Brandywine river from the Shire to Buckland (the first being the Brandywine Bridge, which was twenty miles further north). It was left unmanned to be used by hobbit travelers as needed. In route to the new house at Crickhollow, Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck, and Peregrin Took crossed using the Ferry just before the arrival of a Black Rider, who was forced to go around to the Brandywine Bridge as there were no boats kept on the western bank of the river.
The Bucklanders were a prudent hobbit breed, and their preparations for danger made them less naïve than Shire-hobbits. Each night they would close the Hay Gate and their front doors, prepared to rush to arms when the Horn of Buckland blew. Most Bucklanders were originally of Stoor stock, and they were the only Hobbits known to use boats.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|French||Pays de Bouc|
|Portuguese (Brazil Portuguese)||Buqueburgo ou Terra dos Buques (Portugal)|
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