Tengwar Meriadoc Brandybuck

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"But, but, lord, I offered you my sword. I do not want to be parted from you like this, Théoden King. And as all my friends have gone to the battle, I should be ashamed to stay behind."
The Lord of the Rings, The Muster of Rohan addressing King Théoden.

Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck was a Hobbit and one of Frodo's cousins and closest friends. He loved boats and ponies and had a great interest in the maps of Middle-earth. He is also one of the nine companions in The Fellowship of the Ring.


Merry was born in TA 2982. He was the only child of Saradoc Brandybuck (TA 2940 - FO 11), Master of Buckland, and Esmeralda Took (TA 2936 - ?), the younger sister of Paladin Took II , making him first cousin to Paladin's son Pippin, who was clearly his closest friend.

War of the Ring

Merry was considered the most perceptive and intelligent of the hobbits: for example, even before Frodo Baggins leaves the Shire, he knew of the One Ring and its power. He guarded Bag End after Bilbo's party, protecting Frodo from the various and often unwanted guests. He also was the force behind "the Conspiracy" of Sam, Pippin, Fredegar Bolger (more commonly known as "Fatty", due to his plump form) and himself to help Frodo. Thus, even before the Quest of the Ring begins, Merry was well prepared and organized; he assembled their gear and brought ponies. His shortcut through the Old Forest served them well, because they avoided the Black Riders and met Tom Bombadil, who helped them. At the Barrow-downs, Merry acquired his sword, a work of Westernesse.

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Merry back to back with his good friend Pippin.

At Bree, he was not present in the Prancing Pony when Frodo foolishly put on the ring; but was outside taking a walk, and was nearly killed by the Nazgûl who arrived. At Rivendell, he was seen studying maps and plotting their path. His approval to the Fellowship came with only a little less reluctance than Pippin's; they were the two to relay news to the people of the Shire about Frodo's journey, but in the end Gandalf, believing in the friendship and loyalty shown to Frodo and Sam, requested that Elrond allow the two hobbits to come along. At Amon Hen he was captured along with Pippin by a band of Saruman's fighting Uruk-hai, but he made a good account for himself, and Boromir valiantly defended him, though Boromir died in the attempt.

Escaping with Pippin into Fangorn Forest, Treebeard and the newly risen Gandalf the White met him. Along with Pippin, he drank significant amounts of Entwash, which contributed to speedy gains in height and hair growth. Accompanying Treebeard to the Entmoot, and later to Isengard, he and Pippin were set as guardians following Saruman's fall. It was here that Merry encountered King Théoden of Rohan, and was reunited with the remaining members of the Fellowship (save Frodo and Sam).

Merry wants to fight

“All my friends have gone to battle, I would be ashamed to be left behind”

Separated from Pippin when Gandalf took the latter to Gondor, Merry swore fealty to Théoden and became his squire. Without permission from his liege, he rode to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in the care of young Dernhelm (who was actually Éowyn, though Merry didn't know it). When Nazgûl attacked the Riders of Rohan and Théoden was injured, Merry and Éowyn faced the Witch King of Angmar alone. Here, Merry's companion revealed herself to be Éowyn. Battling both fell beast and the Nazgûl alone, Éowyn was well assisted by Merry's crucial move: his sword, built for this very purpose, was one of the few weapons able to pierce the Ringwraith's form, but at a great expense to himself. This was enough to allow Éowyn to finish off the Witch King. Merry heard Théoden's last words, but went unnoticed by the honour escort of Riders and was found wandering the city by Pippin. He was saved by the healing of Aragorn and recovered fully.

For his bravery in battle, King Éomer, as the new King of Rohan, knighted him and gave him the name of "Holdwine". During the Scouring of the Shire, he was in the forefront of the Battle of Bywater, using the Horn of Rohan presented to him by Éowyn.[1]


Upon their return he and Pippin both got married to beautiful hobbit women. They were also the tallest of hobbits, taller even than the legendary Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took, due to their having drunk large amounts of Entwater. Merry married Estella Bolger some time after the end of the Third Age. He became the Master of Buckland in SR 1432 (FA 11). He wrote Old Words and Names in the Shire. Although he was not recorded as having any children within the family trees, he clearly had at least one son. At the age of 102, he returned to Rohan and Gondor with Pippin, dying there around the year FO 64. He was laid to rest in Gondor, and when Elessar died in the Fourth Age 120, he and Pippin were entombed beside the great king.[2]

Line of Brandybucks

Two daughters
Menegilda Goold
Five daughters
Estella Bolger



Merry uses a short barrow-blade for melee combat in books and video games, but in the movies he loses his barrow blade and instead wields a Rohirrim short sword and wears a helmet, shield and leather jerkin that were originally made for the young King Theoden. The blade dissolved during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields when it was used to stab the Witch-king of Angmar (Ringwraith, King of the Nazgûl, sorcerer, spear of terror in Sauron's hands).

Throwing Weapons

Merry can use rocks to hit opponents from a distance. In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (video game), he uses throwing knives instead of rocks, like all other Hobbits. In his case, however, his daggers are slightly stronger.

Appearances in the Books and Films



In the books

In the movies

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Meriadoc Brandybuck was played by Dominic Monaghan in all three of the Peter Jackson's Film Trilogy of the The Lord of the Rings. Merry is very close with Pippin, having almost the same relationship as Sam and Frodo do with each other. Meriadoc is mostly used for comedic relief, along with Pippin. His role stays mostly similar to the role he plays in the book. 

Voice Dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) José Gilberto Vilchis
Spanish (Spain) Aleix Estadella
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Marcelo Campos
Czech (Czech Republic) Petr Burian
Hungarian András Stohl
Italian (Italy) Paolo Vivio
French (France) Vincent Ropion
Japanese Manabu Muraji
German Alexander Döring
Slovak Martin Kaprálik
Turkish Volkan Severcan

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Meriadoc "Merry" Brandebuque
Portuguese (Portugal) Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Meriadoc "Merry" Brandigamo
Italian Meriadoc "Merry" Brandibuck
French Meriadoc "Merry" Brandebouc
German Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybock
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  1. The Lord of the Rings
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"

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