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A patron of Barliman's tavern in Bree

The Men of Bree, also known as Bree-folk, are the Men who lived in the village of Bree. The people who lived in the surrounding villages of Combe, Staddle, and Archet could also be referred to as Men of Bree (though some who lived there were Hobbits). They are hardy folk who even beat off an attack of Saruman's ruffians towards the end of the War of the Ring.

Description & historical accounts

The Men of Bree were mostly of Dunlendish, Middle Men stock who were probably in the area from as far back as the Second Age by those escaping the influence of Sauron. The early Third Age seems to be when the village was properly founded and the townfolk became more civilised, unlike their wild kin-folk living in Dunland.[1]

When the Dúnedain exiled from Númenor came to Middle-earth in the latter-half of the Second Age, the Men of Bree became part of Arnor, and after it became divided, the Kings of Cardolan claimed it; however, from the early 15th century onward it retained a certain degree of independence.[2]

The Men of Bree also lived with Hobbits (the only Men to do so) who fled from the threat of Angmar that began arriving in TA 1300.[2]

Men of Bree lived mostly in houses on Bree-hill[3], and often met and socialised at the Inn of the Prancing Pony. They were not keen on travelling, but were generally welcoming to strangers and visitors.[4][5]

One habit that the Men of Bree shared with Hobbits was a love of Pipe-weed. The variety called Southlinch was grown in the Bree-land, although it was not as highly prized by the locals as leaf from the Shire.

Family names

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Mans van Bree
Albanian Burrat e Bree
Amharic ብሬ ሰዎች
Arabic الرجال من بري
Armenian Մարդիկ ն Բրեե
Azerbaijani Bree kişiləri
Basque Bree jende
Belarusian Cyrillic Мужчыны Бры
Bengali বিরিয়্যার পুরুষ
Bosnian Bri ljudi
Bulgarian Cyrillic Мъже на Брее
Catalan Homes de Bree
Cebuano Mga tawo sa Bree
Chinese 男人布理
Cornish Tus a Bree
Corsican Omi di Bree
Croatian Bri ljudi
Czech Muži z Hůrka
Danish Folk i Bri / Brimenneskene
Dutch Mannen van Breeg

Breeglanders

Esperanto Viroj de Brion
Estonian Voore mehed
Faroese Bree fólk
Fijian Tamata ni Bree
Filipino Tauhan ni Bree
Finnish Brii Miesten
French Hommes de Brie
Galician Homes de Prebe
Georgian ბრე ხალხი
German Herren von Bree
Greek Άνδρες της Βρεε
Gujarati બ્રાયના લોકો
Haitian Creole Menm moun Bree
Hausa Maza na Bree
Hebrew אנשי ברי
Hindi ब्रेए के पुरुषों
Hmong Tus txiv neej ntawm Bree
Hungarian Brí emberek
Icelandic Bree fólk
Indonesian Laki-laki Bree
Irish Gaelic Fir de Bree
Italian Uomini di Brea
Japanese ブリー村の人間
Kannada ಬ್ರೀ ಪುರುಷರು
Kazakh Брее халқы (Cyrillic) Bree xalqı (Latin)
Korean 브리 남자들
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Бри эркектер
Latvian Bree vīriešiem
Lithuanian Bree vyrai
Luxembourgish Männer vu Bree\Mënschen aus Bree
Macedonian Cyrillic Мажи од Бри
Malaysian Bree Lelaki
Maltese Irġiel ta ' Bree
Maori Tangata o Bree
Marathi बिरीचे पुरुष
Mongolian Cyrillic Брээ-ийн хүмүүс
Nepalese ब्रेए मानिसहरू
Norwegian Bri mennesker
Persian مردان از بری
Polish Ludzie z Bree
Portuguese Homens de Bree
Punjabi ਬ੍ਰੀ ਦੇ ਪੁਰਸ਼
Romanian Oamenii din Bree
Russian Мужчины Бри
Scottish Gaelic Fir de Bree
Serbian Људи од Бри (Cyrillic) Ljudi od Bri (Latin)
Sinhalese බ්රීහි පුරුෂයෝ
Slovak Muži z Svažiny
Slovenian Bree Moški
Somalian Niman yahow reer Bree
Spanish Hombres de Bree
Swahili Watu wa Bree
Swedish Bri människor
Tajik Cyrillic Мардон аз Брее
Tamil ப்ரீ மனிதர்கள்
Telugu బ్రీ మెన్
Thai มนุษย์แห่งบรี
Turkish Bree erkekleri
Ukrainian Cyrillic Чоловіки з Брі
Uzbek Брэ эркаклар (Cyrillic) Bree erkaklar (Latin)
Vietnamese Người đàn ông của Bree
Welsh Dynion o Bree
Xhosa Amadoda aseBree
Yoruba Ọkunrin ti Bree
Yucatec Maya Wíiniko'ob u Bree

References

  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F: I: The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VIII: "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "At the Prancing Pony"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter VIII: "Fog on the Barrow-downs"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter IX: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
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