Brandywine Bridge

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Brandywine Bridge
Type: Bridge
Region: The Shire
Area: Bridgefields
Location: [31.4S, 63.2W]

The Brandywine Bridge is a landmark within Bridgefields, in the Shire.

This stone bridge overcomes Brandywine and allows the Great East Road to connect the Shire with Bree-land. Its abutments stand just east of Stock and north of Buckland proper. [31.4S, 63.2W] [31.4S, 62.8W]


Looking down the Brandywine Bridge




"The Bridge of Stonebows, as the Brandywine Bridge was once called, was built originally by the Men of Arnor as a causeway across the Baranduin river on the Great East Road. When the founders of the Shire were granted their land by the king of Arthedain, the price was simple: to maintain and care for the Bridge so that travel into the West would never be impeded. The hobbits of the Shire performed their duty, even long after the North-kingdom failed, and maintained the great stone bridge, denying none passage, man, elf, or dwarf. Though the river's name was changed to the Brandywine and the bridge itself became "the Brandywine Bridge", the hobbits of the Shire continue to care for and keep watch on the Bridge.
"The Brandywine Bridge is a prominent landmark in Tolkien's fictional realm of the Middle-earth. Frodo purposely avoided the bridge on his way east, as nobody could pass over it unnoticed.
"(Soon,) as trouble brews in the Shire, gates with locks are installed into the great archways and Shirriffs posted at either end. While the Shire-folk have always been distrustful of "Outsiders," the increased traffic of rough Men and other folk have forced them to be on guard against encroaching dangers from beyond their borders. It is here Frodo and his companions are "arrested" by Shirriffs at the command of the mysterious Sharkey as they return from the Quest of the Ring." — lorebook