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Bucklebury Ferry

The Brandywine Ferry by Mariët Theune
Bucklebury Ferry was a raft-ferry at the main crossing point of the River Brandywine from the Shire to Buckland, about ten miles south of the Brandywine Bridge.[1][2] From the Causeway on the west bank, two tall white posts marked the entrance of the lane;[3] the straight lane ran about a hundred yards, edged with large white-washed stones, leading to a gangway and broad wooden landing-stage. Near the bank were some bollards, and two high posts with lanterns.[1]

On the east side the bank was steep and a winding lane climbed up from the landing. The ferry-boat itself was large and flat.[1]

The lane was well-kept and every night someone lit the lanterns on the lamp-posts.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

The Ferry was said to be twenty miles south of the Bridge by Merry[1] but this was corrected to ten in the 50th Anniversary Edition.[4]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck, and Peregrin Took all get on the ferry (at Merry's suggestion) in order to evade the pursuing Nazgûl and then ride it to Bree.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Note on the 50th Anniversary Edition, p.xvii