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The Battle of Bywater was a battle between the [[Hobbits]] of [[The Shire]] and a band of [[Ruffians]] who followed "Sharkey" ([[Saruman]]). [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]] (Merry) himself slew the leader, a squint-eyed [[Orcs|orcish]]-looking brute. [[Peregrin I Took|Peregrin Took]] (Pippin) also took part in this battle. The courage and skill they had discovered during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]] had made them confident in their abilities, and this enabled them to rally the Shire-folk against the invaders.
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| name= Battle of Bywater
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| image=
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| conflict= [[War of the Ring]]
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| date= November 3, [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]]
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| result=Scouring of the Shire
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| place= Bywater, [[the Shire]]
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| side1=Hobbits
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| side2=[[Sharkey]]'s men
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| commanders1=[[Meriadoc Brandybuck]], [[Peregrin Took]], [[Tolman Cotton Senior]]
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| commanders2=[[Saruman]]
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| forces1=*200 [[Buckland|Bucklanders]]
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*100 [[Tooks]]
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*[[Samwise Gamgee]]
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*[[Tolman Cotton Junior|Young Tom]], [[Wilcome II Cotton|Jolly]] and [[Bowman Cotton|Nick Cotton]]
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*Unknown number of [[Hobbiton]] residents
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| forces2=100 [[Ruffians]]
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| casual1=19 Hobbits killed, 30 wounded
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| casual2=70 Ruffians killed, 12 captured
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|}}
  
The Battle of Bywater occurred on November 3, 1419 by Shire-reckoning in the [[Shire Calendar]] and was the last military engagement of the [[War of the Ring]].
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The '''Battle of Bywater''' was the last military engagement of the [[War of the Ring]], and the second battle to have been fought in [[the Shire]]
  
Ruffians had been sent by Sharkey (Saruman) to supress the Hobbit revolt breaking out in Bywater.  However, the Hobbits' scouts gave them advanced warning. The Hobbits then devised a plan to surround and trap the Ruffians when they arrived.  Makeshift mobile roadblocks were made out of carts and wagons, and after the Ruffians reached the center of the town the road was blocked in front and behind them.  The Ruffians then tried to fight their way out through the Hobbits, some breaking through.  These were then encircled and engaged until the battle was won.
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==Prelude==
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When [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and his companions returned from the Coronation of [[Aragorn II|Elessar]], they found their homeland to be under the dominion of [[Ruffians]]. These Men had been pouring in the Shire since late [[Third Age 3018|3018]], and were under the command of "the Chief", or "[[Sharkey]]", who outlawed everything Hobbits held dear; food and [[:Category:Inns|inns]] most notably. It didn't take [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]], [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] long to violate several rules:
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<blockquote>''You're arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearin up of Rules, and Assaulting Gatekeepers, and Tresspassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food.''<sup>[[#References|1]]</sup></blockquote>
  
The Hobbits were informally commanded by Merry and Pippin.  Technically, Pippin was still a Knight of Gondor, as King [[Elessar]] had not released him from service but granted him indefinite leave, and when he departed Aragorn reminded Pippin that his restored kingship now extended to the old northern lands which included the Shire. Therefore, Pippin loosely saw himself as fighting off the Ruffians with the authority of the King supporting him.  Sam Gamgee also fought in the battle. [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] was also present at the battle, though he did not fight:  he spent the battle making sure that no Ruffians who threw down their weapons were killed (indeed, during his entire life, even when The Shire itself was invaded, Frodo never killed a sentient being).
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The four Hobbits were arrested, but managed to talk themselves out of custody, and subsequently rally the Hobbits to overthrow the Chief. A small group of Men was encountered, and Pippin declared the return of the King to them, and the message that emissaries were on their way. When he was scoffed, he declared himself the emissary, as he wasn't released from Elessar's service yet. The group was routed, but managed to get a message to a bigger contignent in [[Waymeet]].
  
The next day, Frodo, and his three companions, leading the Hobbits of the Shire, marched to [[Hobbiton]]. There Frodo confronted Saruman and exiled him from the Shire. Then [[Wormtongue]] killed Saruman by slitting his throat, on the very doorstep of [[Bag End]]. Before Frodo could react the Hobbits of the Shire shot Wormtongue dead with three arrows. Thus, the last stroke of the War of the Ring fell at the very door that Frodo had first set out from.
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==Battle==
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As 20 Men from [[Hobbiton]] marched towards Bywater, 200 Bucklanders answered the call of Captain Merry's horn. In Bywater, barricades were set up at the command of Merry. Meanwhile, the Cottons also joined the group.
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When the Men came, they did not expect a trap. They walked up [[Bywater Road]], up to the point where [[Tolman Cotton Senior|Farmer Cotton]] was standing. They threatened him, but found themselves heavily outnumbered, and as the hobbits closed the barricade behind them, also surrounded. Their leader fell by arrows as tried to strike at Merry. The rest surrendered.
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The larger group of Men from Waymeet arrived the following day. In the meantime, Pippin had set up rebellion in [[Tookland]], and returned with hundred Tooks. Merry set up a defensive pocket on a heavily banked part of the Bywater Road. The Men walked straight into the pocket. Some surrendered, some escaped, and about twenty broke out. Six men and two hobbits were killed. The others now became desperate, and didn't care about escaping, only killing. The banks proved to steep to climb, and many fell before Hobbit axes. Merry and Pippin charged from the eastern bank, and Merry killed the leader
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==Aftermath==
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In the end, nearly 70 Men were killed and 12 were taken prisoner, while 19 Hobbits died and about 30 were wounded. The dead Men were buried in a nearby sand-pit that came to be called the Battle Pit. The Hobbits were buried separately, and a stone was placed on their grave with a garden around it. A Roll was made of the names of all the Hobbits who fought in the Battle of Bywater, with Captains Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took listed at the top.
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After the victory at Bywater, the Hobbits marched on to [[Bag End]], where they found Sharkey. It was not [[Lotho Sackville-Baggins|Lotho]], but rather [[Saruman]]. Saruman was sent away by Frodo, and Saruman reveiled that his servant [[Gríma Wormtongue|Gríma]] killed Lotho. Gríma cut Saruman's throat in revenge of years of emotional surpression, but was himself shot by Hobbit archers. As the spirit of Saruman rose from its bodily form, it was blown away by a wind from the West; [[Manwë]] did not want him back.
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The following year, preparations were made to restore the damage done by Saruman. Sam spread the seeds from [[Sam's garden box|the box of Galadriel]], and planted the [[mallorn]]-seed where once the [[Party-tree]] had stood. 1420, by Shire Reckoning, became one of the best harvest years ever.
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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Due to the anti-climactic nature of the battle, both the [[Rankin/Bass' The Return of the King|Rankin/Bass]] and the [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King|Peter Jackson]] movies left out the Battle of Bywater.  
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==References==
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# [[The Return of the King]]; [[Homeward Bound]], [[The Scouring of the Shire]], [[The Grey Havens]]
  
 
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Revision as of 14:52, 9 February 2008

Battle of Bywater
Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: November 3, T.A. 3019
Place: Bywater, the Shire
Outcome: Scouring of the Shire
Combatants

Hobbits

Sharkey's men

Commanders

Meriadoc Brandybuck, Peregrin Took, Tolman Cotton Senior

Saruman

Strength

100 Ruffians

Casualties

19 Hobbits killed, 30 wounded

70 Ruffians killed, 12 captured

The Battle of Bywater was the last military engagement of the War of the Ring, and the second battle to have been fought in the Shire

Contents

Prelude

When Frodo and his companions returned from the Coronation of Elessar, they found their homeland to be under the dominion of Ruffians. These Men had been pouring in the Shire since late 3018, and were under the command of "the Chief", or "Sharkey", who outlawed everything Hobbits held dear; food and inns most notably. It didn't take Merry, Pippin and Sam long to violate several rules:

You're arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearin up of Rules, and Assaulting Gatekeepers, and Tresspassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food.1

The four Hobbits were arrested, but managed to talk themselves out of custody, and subsequently rally the Hobbits to overthrow the Chief. A small group of Men was encountered, and Pippin declared the return of the King to them, and the message that emissaries were on their way. When he was scoffed, he declared himself the emissary, as he wasn't released from Elessar's service yet. The group was routed, but managed to get a message to a bigger contignent in Waymeet.

Battle

As 20 Men from Hobbiton marched towards Bywater, 200 Bucklanders answered the call of Captain Merry's horn. In Bywater, barricades were set up at the command of Merry. Meanwhile, the Cottons also joined the group.

When the Men came, they did not expect a trap. They walked up Bywater Road, up to the point where Farmer Cotton was standing. They threatened him, but found themselves heavily outnumbered, and as the hobbits closed the barricade behind them, also surrounded. Their leader fell by arrows as tried to strike at Merry. The rest surrendered.

The larger group of Men from Waymeet arrived the following day. In the meantime, Pippin had set up rebellion in Tookland, and returned with hundred Tooks. Merry set up a defensive pocket on a heavily banked part of the Bywater Road. The Men walked straight into the pocket. Some surrendered, some escaped, and about twenty broke out. Six men and two hobbits were killed. The others now became desperate, and didn't care about escaping, only killing. The banks proved to steep to climb, and many fell before Hobbit axes. Merry and Pippin charged from the eastern bank, and Merry killed the leader

Aftermath

In the end, nearly 70 Men were killed and 12 were taken prisoner, while 19 Hobbits died and about 30 were wounded. The dead Men were buried in a nearby sand-pit that came to be called the Battle Pit. The Hobbits were buried separately, and a stone was placed on their grave with a garden around it. A Roll was made of the names of all the Hobbits who fought in the Battle of Bywater, with Captains Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took listed at the top.

After the victory at Bywater, the Hobbits marched on to Bag End, where they found Sharkey. It was not Lotho, but rather Saruman. Saruman was sent away by Frodo, and Saruman reveiled that his servant Gríma killed Lotho. Gríma cut Saruman's throat in revenge of years of emotional surpression, but was himself shot by Hobbit archers. As the spirit of Saruman rose from its bodily form, it was blown away by a wind from the West; Manwë did not want him back.

The following year, preparations were made to restore the damage done by Saruman. Sam spread the seeds from the box of Galadriel, and planted the mallorn-seed where once the Party-tree had stood. 1420, by Shire Reckoning, became one of the best harvest years ever.

Portrayal in adaptations

Due to the anti-climactic nature of the battle, both the Rankin/Bass and the Peter Jackson movies left out the Battle of Bywater.

References

  1. The Return of the King; Homeward Bound, The Scouring of the Shire, The Grey Havens
War of the Ring
Osgiliath (1) · Fords of Isen · Isengard · Hornburg · Osgiliath (2) · Dale · Siege of Gondor · Pelennor Fields · Black Gate · Dol Guldur · Bywater