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Down in the [[Marish]] in the far east of the [[Shire]], the land of the [[Hobbits]] drew near the River [[Brandywine]] and the edge of the world beyond. The [[Shire-folk]] in this region were more cautious than their fellow Hobbits who lived farther from the borders, and so they sought protection from the dangers beyond the River.
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'''Fang''' was one of the guard [[Dogs|dogs]] of [[Farmer Maggot]]'s [[Bamfurlong]]. Fang was one of the three large, wolf-like dogs, (the other two were named '[[Grip]]' and '[[Wolf (dog)|Wolf]]').  
 
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For [[Farmer Maggot]] of [[Bamfurlong]], that protection came in the form of three large, wolf-like dogs, one of which he gave the name 'Fang' (the other two were named '[[Grip]]' and '[[Wolf (dog)| Wolf]]', . These ferocious but well-trained animals lived at his farm at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], but he had evidently kept other dogs before these. [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] had frightening memories of Maggot's dogs going back some thirty years, but the dogs that had threatened him three decades earlier could hardly have been Fang, Grip or Wolf.
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These ferocious but well-trained animals lived at his farm at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], but he had evidently kept other dogs before these. [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] had frightening memories of Maggot's dogs going back some thirty years, but the dogs that had threatened him three decades earlier could hardly have been Fang, Grip or Wolf.<ref>{{FR|I4}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Fang means "canine tooth" but was also an archaic English verb meaning "[[grip]]".<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 757</ref>
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Latest revision as of 04:42, 18 May 2011

Fang was one of the guard dogs of Farmer Maggot's Bamfurlong. Fang was one of the three large, wolf-like dogs, (the other two were named 'Grip' and 'Wolf').

These ferocious but well-trained animals lived at his farm at the time of the War of the Ring, but he had evidently kept other dogs before these. Frodo had frightening memories of Maggot's dogs going back some thirty years, but the dogs that had threatened him three decades earlier could hardly have been Fang, Grip or Wolf.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Fang means "canine tooth" but was also an archaic English verb meaning "grip".[2]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 757