Bucklebury was the chief village of Buckland, lying in the shadow of Buck Hill, seat of the Master of Buckland. It was built about a mile east of the banks of the River Brandywine.
The Bucklebury Ferry was a passage across the Brandywine between Bucklebury and the Marish.
The name means Buck-burg, or Buck-town (buck always means male goat or deer).
Tolkien notes that it's "Bucklebury" rather than plain "Buckbury" because the word is either an alteration of earlier Bucken-bury (Bucken being archaic plural) or a reduction of Buckland.
Based on this, David Salo has suggested that Bucklebury represents a possible Old Hobbitish form *Buccanburh "Bucca's burg".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
- ↑ 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, p. 767
- ↑ David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 17 January 2020)