Men of Bree
|The Men of Bree|
|Average height||shorter than Númenóreans|
|Hair color||Generally brown|
|Distinctions||Cohabitation with the Hobbits|
|Lifespan||shorter than Númenórean|
|Members||Barliman Butterbur, Bill Ferny, Mat Heathertoes, Tom Pickthorn, Rowlie Appledore|
The Men of Bree trace their origins from the race of the Pre-Númenóreans who inhabited the northern White Mountains during the Second Age, in the land that would be later known as Calenardhon. As such they were related to the Men of the Mountains and the Dunlendings.
During the Dark Years, some of this folk, migrated northward to the dales south of the Misty Mountains. Eventually they continued to the Barrow-downs before settling the region around the tall, wooded Bree-hill.
In about T.A. 1300, their land was visited by the Halflings who were fleeing the encroaching darkness to the east. They formed a unique society in all Middle-earth where Men and Hobbits lived beside on another. Thus they were affectionally called the "Big Folk" and the "Little Folk".
In appearance, these Men were in stature short and broad, and often brown-haired. They were cheerful and provincial. In contrast to other Men, those of Bree were friendly to the other races, Hobbits, Dwarves and Elves.
They seem to have maintained a curious tradition of taking their names from plants and herbs; families of the Men of Bree included Appledore, Ferny, Goatleaf, Heathertoes, Rushlight, Thistlewool and Butterbur.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring", "Concerning Gandalf, Saruman, and the Shire"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
- ↑ Andreas Moehn, "The Reckoning of Time", Lalaith's Middle-earth Science Pages (accessed 13 October 2015)
- ↑ Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p.208