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Farmer Maggot

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"Farmer" Maggot
Hobbit
Biographical Information
LocationBamfurlong
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colorProbably brown

Farmer Maggot was a Hobbit who lived in Bamfurlong in the Eastfarthing of the Shire. He farmed in the Marish, close to the Shire's borders. Like many Hobbits of the borderlands he lived above ground, as opposed to a Hobbit-hole.

He was very cautious for a Hobbit and kept three large dogs to protect him: Fang, Grip, and Wolf. Because Frodo Baggins used to steal mushrooms from him, he imagined him as a terrifying strange old Hobbit.

Farmer Maggot was familiar with Tom Bombadil.

Before entering the Buckland, Frodo, Sam and Pippin had a stop from his farm. Frodo met him and understood how likable he is in person and felt sorry that he missed a friend for so many years.

Etymology

Tolkien says that the name "Maggot" is a Hobbitish name whose meaning is lost in history. Maggot should not be understood as the English word maggot or larva. The similarity is coincidental.

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