The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Particularly associated with Brandy Hall in Buckland
Open to question1
Other names


About this entry:

  • Updated 8 July 1999
  • Updates planned: 56

Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck

Companion of the Ring and later Master of Buckland

(At least one
unnamed son)2

Masters of Buckland

The Company of the Ring

Son of Saradoc Brandybuck, called 'The Magnificent', Merry accompanied Frodo on the Quest of Mount Doom. Captured with his friend Peregrin Took by Orcs, they were separated from the rest of the Company of the Ring, but eventually escaped to become the first mortals for many centuries to encounter the Ents of Fangorn Forest. Merry was present at the destruction of Isengard, and rode to the Battle of the Pelennor with the Rohirrim. There, his deeds won great renown, for with Éowyn of Rohan he defeated and slew the Lord of the Nazgûl.



The names of the male Brandybucks are generally derived from Old Welsh. The name Meriadoc seems to mean something like 'great one', an interpretation that is uncertain, but matches well with his sobriquet of 'the Magnificent'.


We're given practically no information about the progeny or descendants of Meriadoc and Estella, but we can be sure that they had at least one son. In Appendix B to The Lord of the Rings, in the entry for Shire Year 1484, Merry and Pippin '...handed over their goods and offices to their sons'. We know from other sources that the son of Peregrin mentioned here was named Faramir, but there is no comparable reference to Meriadoc's heir.

See also...

Adamanta Chubb, Ants, Aragorn Elessar, Battle of Bywater, Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Berilac Brandybuck, Black Breath, Brandybuck Family, Bregalad, Broadbelt, Bucklebury Ferry, Bumpkin, Captain of Sauron, Captain of the Dúnedain of Arnor, Chronology of the Westlands, [See the full list...]


About this entry:

  • Updated 8 July 1999
  • Updates planned: 56

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 1999, 2000. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by myDISCprofile, the free online personality test.
Explore the benefits of using a personality profile to discover yourself and make the most of your career.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry