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At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

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At the Sign of the Prancing Pony is the nineth chapter of the first book in The Fellowship of the Ring.


Tom escorts the Hobbits to the town of Bree, the chief village of Breeland, a small inhabited region. Both Hobbits and big people live in Bree. They are the original descendants of the first men that ever wandered into the west of Middle-earth. In the wild lands beyond Bree, mysterious wanderers called Rangers roam the lands as far as the misty mountains. The Rangers have special powers.

When the Hobbits reach Bree they go to the Prancing Pony, an inn recommended by Tom. Another stranger, a man named Strider, is also in the Prancing Pony. During the revelry in the Inn, Frodo accidentally dons the ring and his sudden invisibility shocks everyone.

When he reappears, he tries to explain away his sudden disappearance, but Strider approaches him, saying he needs to talk to Frodo. The innkeeper, Barliman Butterbur, tells Frodo not to cause any more trouble; he also tells Frodo that he will come up to this room because he has something of interest to say to him. Frodo suspects the innkeeper and Strider, as he has become increasingly paranoid.