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The name was changed to Brandagamba in III 2340
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Meaning
Apparently equivalent in meaning to 'Oldbuck' (essentially, older descendants of Bucca)
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Zaragamba Family

The original form of the name ‘Oldbuck

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In many cases, the names of the Hobbits given in The Lord of the Rings have been anglicised from their original Westron forms. This is the case with the old family-name 'Oldbuck', which is a translation of the actual name Zaragamba. Historically, the heads of this family were hereditary Thains of the Shire, and remained so until one of their number, Gorhendad, travelled east and founded Buckland on the Shire's borders. At that time, the family name changed to Brandagamba, meaning 'border-buck'. Tolkien suggests that 'Marchbuck' might have been an appropriate direct translation of this new name, but instead he made a connection with the Brandywine River, anglicising Brandagamba as 'Brandybuck'.


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