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.
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.
Men of Bree lived mostly in houses on Bree-hill, 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.
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.
- Butterbur (see: Barliman Butterbur)
- Ferny (see: Bill Ferny)
- Goatleaf (see: Harry Goatleaf)
- Heathertoes (see: Mat Heathertoes)
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Afrikaans||Mans van Bree|
|Albanian||Burrat e Bree|
|Arabic||الرجال من بري|
|Armenian||Մարդիկ ն Բրեե|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||Мужчыны Бры|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Мъже на Брее|
|Catalan||Homes de Bree|
|Cebuano||Mga tawo sa Bree|
|Cornish||Tus a Bree|
|Corsican||Omi di Bree|
|Czech||Muži z Hůrka|
|Danish||Folk i Bri / Brimenneskene|
|Dutch||Mannen van Breeg
|Esperanto||Viroj de Brion|
|Fijian||Tamata ni Bree|
|Filipino||Tauhan ni Bree|
|French||Hommes de Brie|
|Galician||Homes de Prebe|
|German||Herren von Bree|
|Greek||Άνδρες της Βρεε|
|Haitian Creole||Menm moun Bree|
|Hausa||Maza na Bree|
|Hindi||ब्रेए के पुरुषों|
|Hmong||Tus txiv neej ntawm Bree|
|Irish Gaelic||Fir de Bree|
|Italian||Uomini di Brea|
|Kazakh||Брее халқы (Cyrillic) Bree xalqı (Latin)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Бри эркектер|
|Luxembourgish||Männer vu Bree\Mënschen aus Bree|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Мажи од Бри|
|Maltese||Irġiel ta ' Bree|
|Maori||Tangata o Bree|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Брээ-ийн хүмүүс|
|Persian||مردان از بری|
|Polish||Ludzie z Bree|
|Portuguese||Homens de Bree|
|Punjabi||ਬ੍ਰੀ ਦੇ ਪੁਰਸ਼|
|Romanian||Oamenii din Bree|
|Scottish Gaelic||Fir de Bree|
|Serbian||Људи од Бри (Cyrillic) Ljudi od Bri (Latin)|
|Slovak||Muži z Svažiny|
|Somalian||Niman yahow reer Bree|
|Spanish||Hombres de Bree|
|Swahili||Watu wa Bree|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Мардон аз Брее|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Чоловіки з Брі|
|Uzbek||Брэ эркаклар (Cyrillic) Bree erkaklar (Latin)|
|Vietnamese||Người đàn ông của Bree|
|Welsh||Dynion o Bree|
|Yoruba||Ọkunrin ti Bree|
|Yucatec Maya||Wíiniko'ob u Bree|
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F: I: The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VIII: "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "At the Prancing Pony"
- The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter VIII: "Fog on the Barrow-downs"
- The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter IX: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"