Lord of the Rings: Merry Brandybuck [ISTP]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Merry quietly assesses situations and reaches logical conclusions about them; he is far more grounded and realistic than his cousin Pippin, and also realizes the severity of their situation. He quickly catches on to the seriousness of what they are setting out to do, and has no false illusions about how any of it will turn out. Though he is all for having a good time, his logic frequently stabilizes him. When the Ents refuse to involve themselves in the matters of wizards, hobbits, and men, Merry moralizes at them – how dare they turn their back on their responsibility, because they are a part of this world! Whenever stressed or upset, he lashes out at Pippin for being “an idiot.” When told he cannot ride into battle, he is filled with shame because “all of my friends have gone to fight.” He wants to feel a part of the war, to not be thought of poorly by the other warriors; their put-downs hurt him more than he cares to admit. Overall, Merry is simply likable and warm-hearted.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

He abandons the Shire on a regular basis to explore the wider world, and has no trouble leaving it behind completely for a journey of many months across Middle-earth. Merry is aware of his surroundings and quick to take advantage of them. He does not want to be “left behind” when the Rohirrim ride into battle. He makes decisions quickly and somewhat impulsively, and when things are settled, really enjoys partaking of the finer things in life – good food, a long draft of pipeweed, a pint of beer. His Ni is quite good: “There won’t be a Shire, Pip.” Merry knows that the Riders are after Frodo without much to go on other than gut instinct (“It’s as if they’re looking for something”). He knows Frodo will leave them, when Frodo hesitates to join them in hiding, and that they must allow it to happen and provide a distraction for the Uruk-hai. He knows that unless they stop what is happening in Middle-earth, and unless the Ents become involved in this fight, there will be nothing left but smoke and ashes.

Enneagram: 7w6 social

Merry is, at first, all about the “fun” – he’s just out to have a good time, but he soon realizes what’s truly going on and becomes more serious about his mission. Even so, he still finds time to pursue enjoyment – all the ale he can drink and the pipeweed he can smoke. Merry is a likable hobbit, but always in trouble. As a social 7, he soon becomes “part of” the group and feels a strong need to serve the community he’s in – by fighting with the men of Rohan, if they will have him. He feels upset when they will not let him ride, since he’s letting the group down and would “feel ashamed” not to fight. His 6 wing makes him playful, gives him a desire to fit in with his friends, but also allows him to be suspicious of others’ motives and have a rational edge.