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Bucca of the Marish

Bucca of the Marish
Liz Danforth - Bucca.jpg
"Bucca" by Liz Danforth
Biographical Information
LocationThe Marish
Rulefrom S.R. 379
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Bucca of the Marish

Bucca of the Marish was the first thain of the Hobbits in Eriador.

[edit] History

Around S.R. 379, some four years after the fall of the North-kingdom, the Hobbits of the Shire elected from their midst one Bucca of the Marish as the first Thain. He was to rule the land in the King's stead. Little else is known about him, other than that he brought peace and prosperity to the Hobbits.[1]

His family became the Oldbucks and eventually the Brandybucks.

[edit] Etymology

The word Bucca is Old English for "buck", "male deer" or "he-goat" which is a translation of the original Westron name Gamba.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
New title
1st Thain of the Shire
S.R. 379 - ??
Next known:
Gorhendad Oldbuck

Thains of the Shire
1. Bucca of the Marish · 2-11. unknown · 12. Gorhendad Oldbuck · 13. Isumbras I · 14-21. unknown (includes: Isengrim I · Ferumbras I · Paladin I · Isumbras II) · 22. Isengrim II · 23. Isumbras III · 24. Ferumbras II · 25. Fortinbras I · 26. Gerontius · 27. Isengrim III · 28. Isumbras IV · 29. Fortinbras II · 30. Ferumbras III · 31. Paladin II · 32. Peregrin I · 33. Faramir I