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Meriadoc Brandybuck

Appears in:

Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, Return of the King

Other names

Merry, Meriadoc the Magnificent


A hobbit more commonly known as Merry and the son of Saradoc Brandybuck & Esmeralda Took. He was the cousin of Peregrin Took and second cousin of Frodo Baggins. When Frodo left the shire for Revendell with Sam, he thought he was leaving in secret. Merry, his cousin Pippin and their friend Fredegar Bolger discovered the plan and decided to help. Merry and Pippin joined Frodo and Sam for the journey and later became a part of the Fellowhip sent out to destroy the ring. Merry was about 36 at the time (roughly the equivalent of a 23 year old human).

Merry and Pippin became separated from the others when they were captured by a band of orcs, who were hoping one of them might be the hobbit (Frodo) that Sauron and Saruman were both looking for. After escaping from the orcs, they met up with Treebeard and convinced he and the other Ents to join the fight against Saruman. During their time with the ents, they both grew unusually large and strong for hobbits due the the drink of the Ents.

Merry later served for a brief time as the personal squire to Théoden, the king of Rohan. During this time he earned great renown at the battle of the Pelenor Fields for his role in destroying the lord of the Nazgûl, who was leading Sauron's armies in that battle. His encounter with this foe brought him close to death, though he was healed by Aragorn.

After the war was ended, the hobbits returned to the Shire to find it over-run by Saruman's half-orc thugs. Merry lead the hobbits of the shire against their opressors and was regarded as a hero in the shire, where he became known as Meriadoc the Magnificent. He frequently wore his Rohan soldier's uniform and armour to the delight of his fellow hobbits. In later years he became the master of Buckland and married Estella Bolger (sister of his friend Fredegar). King Ellesar of Gondor appointed him as a counsellor of the Northern Kingdom. In the last years of his life, he and Pippin travelled to Gondor to be with their old friend King Elessar (Aragorn). After they died, they were laid to rest among the rulers of Gondor. When Aragorn died almost 60 years later, their bodies were laid beside his in great honour.

Dominic MonaghanThe character of Merry was played in the Peter Jackson film by Dominic Monaghan.

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