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Hall of Fire returns this weekend with Tooks and Brandybucks

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Jul 18, 7:59pm


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After a month-long World Cup break (congrats Germany!) Hall of Fire will return this weekend with a topic that explores two of the great hobbit families of the Shire -- Tooks and the Brandybucks. Please note that, for this Saturday, we'll be starting an hour earlier than normal, at 5pm ET.


"Dear me! We Tooks and Brandybucks, we can't live long on the heights."


Tooks and Brandybucks

The Tooks and the Brandybucks were the two most influential families in the Shire. Both families contained a strong Fallohide strain, something that might account for their more adventurous nature.

Leaders, adventurers and, supposedly, even sailors. Two of the most famous are, of course, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. However, ancestors such as Bullroarer Took, Gorhendad Brandybuck, Gerontious (The Old Took), and Bucca of the Marish also played extraordinary roles in the history of the Shire.

The Brandybucks traced their descent from Gorhendad Oldbuck who moved to Buckland from the Marish and changed the family name. There the Brandybucks dwelt in Brandy Hall, an enormous Smial beneath Buck Hill. The head of the family was the undisputed Master of Buckland, ruling what was essentially a small country of its own on the border of the Shire.

The Tooks lived in the Tookland of the Westfarthing. The Thainship was a hereditary post within the Took family, and the Thain of Tookland was arguably the most powerful hobbit in the Shire -- a surely the most wealthy.

We shall discuss these two families, their roles in the Shire and the doings of some of their more colourful family members. What makes them tick? How are they similar? What makes them different?

Join us at 5pm ET Saturday the Hall of Fire as we explore Tooks and Brandybucks!





Upcoming topics

July 26: Hall of Fire Comic-con round-up
August 2: ROTK Bk 6: Ch 1: The Tower of Cirith Ungol

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(This post was edited by entmaiden on Jul 19, 11:52pm)

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