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Meriadoc Brandybuck

Meriadoc Brandybuck comes from one of the Shires most prominent families. He is mischievous, as he is fond of practical jokes and is a very happy cheerful fellow. He "bumps" into Frodo and Sam as they make their way across the Shire and decides to join them on their "adventure" unknowing what peril lies ahead. He knows his way around the farms of the Shire which is a great help when having to run from the Black Riders. Merry is played by Dominic Monaghan, "He's really just one of the lads."

Like Pippin, Merry was taken captive by the Uruk-hai following the battle at Amon Hen where Boromir died. He received a nasty gash on his head and only really regained consciousness when the Orcs stop for a quick rest and debate whether or not they are going to eat the Hobbits "What about their legs, they don't need those." As the Éomer's riders attack the party, Merry and Pippin escape into the Fangorn forest - closely followed by an Orc who wishes to eat them. They unexpectedly meet Treebeard the Ent and are taken hostage as Treebeard thinks they are "little Orcs." They are taken to the White Wizard and are left in the care of Treebeard who takes them to Entmoot - the ancient meeting place of the Ents. They wait patiently as the Ents discuss the war only to find that the Ents have decided that they aren't Orcs - Merry gets quite upset that they don't wish to help in the war "You are part of this world!" He tells Pippin that there will be no Shire unless they find out a way to help: "The fires of Isengard will spread, the woods of Tookbrook and Buckland will burn. And all that was once green and good in this world will be gone."

As the Ents destroy Isengard the two Hobbits stay close to Treebeard and it is there that we leave them for another year - patiently (and not so patiently) waiting for the conclusion in Return of the King.

Doing this for the second time which is annoying (stupid computer reset itself last time) - Merry in Return of the King. Merry starts off in Isengard with Pippin eating sandwiches and the like smoking pipe weed until they come. Then he travels to Edoras with them and Pippin, drinking and singing at the Rohirrim party much to the delight of the Rohirrim people. When Pippin leaves after looking into the palantir "Why do you always have to look?" he then offers his services to Théoden but when it comes time for battle Merry is left behind, "War is no place for a Hobbit," "But I want to fight." Luckily Éowyn picks him up and rides him to war. Together they make a great pair, he takes the reins whilst she slashes at the Oliphaunt's legs and he even manages to save her by stabbing the WitchKing in the knee and damaging his arm in the process. When Pippin finds him on the battle field, "I knew you'd find me." He goes along behind Éomer to the Black Gates ready to fight again to give Frodo a chance and when he returns to the Shire, they look at him strangely but nothing has changed.

Dominic comments upon the fact that the Treebeard puppet wasn't designed for the male anatomy and by the end of it he didn't even feel it anymore "They've gone internal."

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Playing with Fire...works With a Dwarf Meeting Elves RotK Preview  Captured Watching

Drinking

 Offering his services Fighting Yelling Hobbits Trees
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