Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Across The Brandywine

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ACROSS THE BRANDYWINE (R32) Round The Room Iain Boyd Lord of the Rings Collection
Round the room dance, 3 facing 3

1- 8 All Adv&Ret, all repeat
9-16 Centre Men dance RH across with partner on right and opposite dancer, LH back with partner on left and opposite dancer
17-24 Centre Men dance diagonal R&L ending with centre Men facing out
25-32 All dance RSh reels of 3 with new partners and all end facing next line of 3

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Notes

Centre Men do not advance but simply dance to and fro.

(Dance notes by Charles Upton)


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Dance Information

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

The Brandywine river flowed out of Lake Evendim in northern Eriador, and continued 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 Marish in the Shire's Eastfarthing (where the predominantly Stoorish hobbits remained loyal to the Brandybucks of Buckland), 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. The river also has an island known as Girdley Island in the river just above the Brandywine Bridge.


The Brandywine Bridge or "Bridge of Stonebows" is a bridge going across the Baranduin or Brandywine river. It was originally built some time before TA 1601 by the Numenoreans of Arnor. King Argeleb II allowed the Hobbits to settle in the Shire if they kept the bridge in good repair and sped his messengers on their way. The only other ways to cross the river are the Bucklebury Ferry, the Sarn Ford, or swimming across.

The Hobbits Are Hunted In The Night By The Nazgûl And Are Chased Down To The Bucklebury Ferry


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