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Bucklebury Ferry was a raft-ferry used as the second main crossing point of the Brandywine River from the Shire to Buckland, after the Brandywine Bridge (which was twenty miles further north).[1][2]


Bucklebury Ferry was apparently left unmanned to be used by hobbit travellers as needed. On route to Frodo's new house at Crickhollow, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin 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 other boats kept on the western bank of the river.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

In Peter Jackson's 2001 The Fellowship of the Ring film, this encounter is more immediate.


Foreign Language Translated name
Danish Bukkenborgfærgen
Dutch Pont van Bokkelburg
Finnish Bukinpurin lautta
French Bac de Fertébouc
Georgian ბაკლბერის ბორანი
German Bockenburger Fähre
Hebrew מעבורת באקלברי
Italian Traghetto di Buckburgo
Polish Prom Bucklebury
Russian Брендинорский паром
Ukrainian Cyrillic Бекландський пором


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Shire"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Along the Brandywine"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter V: "A Conspiracy Unmasked"