Bucca of the Marish was a Hobbit of the Shire and the first Thain of the Shire. He originated from the Marish region of the Shire.


Being a well-respected hobbit, Bucca became Thain in place of the King at Fornost in TA 1979 (SR 379)[1]. He founded the family of the Oldbucks, who later became the Brandybucks, after settling in the later Eastfarthing. Other aspects of Bucca's life are not known, as was his eventual fate.[2]


The name Bucca came from the Old English bucc ("male deer") or bucca ("he-goat").[3]

Thain of the Shire
Preceded by
Bucca of the Marish Succeeded by
Unknown, eventually Gorhenhad Brandybuck
TA 1979 - ?


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  3. Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings, Brandybuck