The Brandywine dividing the Shire from Buckland and Bree-land, as seen in The Lord of the Rings Online.

The Brandywine was a river of Middle-earth located in both the land of the Shire and northern Eriador.

Flowing out of Lake Evendim in northern Eriador, the river flowed eastward for about 60 miles before turning generally southward; and afterwards for about another 120 miles flowed through the easternmost reaches of the Shire, forming the Shire's eastern border and separating most of Buckland, except for the parts that lay between it, and the Old Forest from the Shire. Its only major crossings in the Shire were the Brandywine Bridge (originally Bridge of Stonebows) on the East Road and the Bucklebury Ferry.

Skirting the Old Forest to the south, the river then looped southwestward, crossing an old road at Sarn Ford and flowed to the north of the depopulated region of Minhiriath before flowing into the Great Sea to the north of the forested region of Eryn Vorn.[1]


Frodo Baggins' father, Drogo Baggins, was said to have drowned in the Brandywine River with his wife during a boating trip.[citation needed]


The name Baranduin was Sindarin for "golden-brown river". The Hobbits of the Shire originally gave it the punning name Branda-nîn, meaning "border water" in original Hobbitish Westron. This was later punned again as Bralda-hîm meaning "heady ale" (referring to the colour of its water), which Tolkien renders into English as Brandywine.[citation needed]

To the Hobbits of the Shire, the Brandywine was the boundary between the known and unknown, and even those who lived in Buckland on the immediate opposite shore were considered "peculiar".

No tributaries of the Baranduin are described except those near or in the Shire:

There is a Girdley Island in the river just above the Brandywine Bridge.

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 烈酒河
Dutch Brandewijn
French Brandevin
German Brandywein
Swedish Vinfloden
Hungarian Borbuggyan
Polish Brandywina
Portuguese (Brazil) Brandevin
Russian Берендуин
Spanish Brandivino
Estonian Kangevirde


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Shire"

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