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Gorhendad Oldbuck

Gorhendad Oldbuck
Biographical Information
Other namesOgmandab Zaragamba
Master of Buckland
Brandy Hall, Buckland
Ruleuntil S.R. 740 (Thain)
from S.R. 740 (Master)
Physical Description

Gorhendad Oldbuck was a Hobbit of the Shire, the founder of Buckland and of the Brandybuck family.

[edit] History

Gorhendad Oldbuck of the Marish crossed the Brandywine in S.R. 740[1] and founded Buckland and Brandy Hall. In honor of their new land, he changed his family name from Oldbuck (H. Zaragamba) to Brandybuck (H. Brandagamba). He ruled the land, as Master of Buckland, as his own realm, and his family became even wealthier than they already were.[2] Their removal from the Shire meant Thainship passed to the Took Family.[3] Gorhendad himself was the ancestor of the Masters of Buckland.

[edit] Etymology

Gorhendad is the translation of Westron Ogmandab[4] (in an earlier manuscript version spelled Ogforgad[5]) which, according to Stoor tradition, used to mean "great-grandfather".[5] Gorhendad is the modern Welsh word for "great-grandfather".[6][7]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Brandybuck of Buckland"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", note 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages"
  6. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 115
  7. Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, p. 10
Last known:
Bucca of the Marish
12th Thain of the Shire
Third Age ?? - 2340
Followed by:
Isumbras Took I

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
Masters of Buckland
Gorhendad Oldbuck (from S.R. 740) · unknown · Gormadoc Brandybuck (until 1236) · Madoc Brandybuck (1236 - 1277) · Marmadoc Brandybuck (1277 - 1310) · Gorbadoc Brandybuck (1310 - 1364) · Rorimac Brandybuck (1364 - 1408) · Saradoc Brandybuck (1408 - 1432) · Meriadoc Brandybuck (1432 - 1484) · unknown