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Horn-call of Buckland

Type: Songs & Stories

Other Names:
the horn-cry of Buckland


An alarm call sounded by horns in Buckland to alert the populace of imminent danger.
[Among] the trees nearby, a horn rang out....


Fatty Bolger had not been idle. As soon as he saw the dark shapes creep from the garden, he knew that he must run for it, or perish.... When he reached the nearest house, more than a mile away, he collapsed on the doorstep.... It was some time before anyone could make out what he was babbling about. At last they got the idea that enemies were in Buckland, some strange invasion from the Old Forest. And then they lost no more time.


The Brandybucks were blowing the Horn-call of Buckland, that had not been sounded for a hundred years, not since the white wolves came in the Fell Winter, when the Brandywine was frozen over.


Far away answering horns were heard. The alarm was spreading. The black figures fled....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

At that moment, nearby among the trees a horn rang out. It rent the night like fire on a hill-top, echoing over the land....

Someone was blowing the Horn-call of Buckland.... Far away answering horns were heard. Distant sounds of waking and alarm came through the night. The whole of Buckland was aroused.

The Treason of Isengard, HoME Vol 7, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

[Sam] had not gone far when he heard a sudden clear horn-call go up ringing into the sky. Far over hill and field it echoed; and so compelling was that call that Sam himself almost turned and dashed back....

Then he heard Merry change the note, and up went the Horn-cry of Buckland, shaking the air.

Awake! Awake! Fear, Fire, Foes! Awake!
Fire, Foes! Awake!

Behind him Sam heard a hubbub of voices and a great din and slamming of doors. In front of him lights sprang out in the gloaming; dogs barked; feet came running.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire

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