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[[Category:Hobbits]][[Category:Bolger]]
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[[Fredegar Bolger]] was one of the [[Conspirators]], a small group of [[Hobbits]] who knew that [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] had the [[One Ring|Ring]]. Fatty was a descendant of [[Hildibrand Took]] ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 2849–2934), one of the many sons of the [[Took Family#Famous Tooks|Old Took]]. He was the son of [[Odovacar Bolger]] and [[Rosamunda Took]].
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| caption="Fatty Bolger" by [[:Category:Images by Francesco Amadio|Francesco Amadio]]
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<center>{{quote|You would have done better to come with us after all, poor old Fredegar!|[[Peregrin Took]]<ref name="Havens">{{RK|Havens}}</ref>}}</center>
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'''Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger''' was a Hobbit of [[the Shire]]. He was one of the close friends of [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] who knew that he had the [[The One Ring|Ring]] and helped him with his mission to leave the Shire.  
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==History==
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===Ancestry===
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Fatty was a descendant of [[Hildibrand Took]] ({{TA|2849}} - {{TA|2934}}), one of the many sons of the [[Gerontius Took|Old Took]].<ref name=took>{{App|Took}}</ref> He was the son of [[Odovacar Bolger]] and [[Rosamunda Took]]. Fatty was born in {{TA|2980}} and his family was from [[Budgeford]] in [[Bridgefields]] of the [[Eastfarthing]]. He also had a younger sister, [[Estella Brandybuck|Estella Bolger]] (b. {{TA|2985}}), who would eventually marry [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]].  
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Fredegar was a good friend of [[Frodo Baggins]]. In {{TA|3001}} he was a guest at [[Bilbo's Farewell Party]].<ref name=took/>
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When [[Frodo Baggins]], [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin I Took|Pippin]] set out to take the Ring to [[Rivendell]], Fredegar stayed behind in an attempt to keep up appearances and delay news of their departure. He was frightened half out of his wits by the arrival of the [[Nazg&ucirc;l]] but escaped unharmed. Fredegar could have gone with Frodo and his companions into the [[Old Forest]], but was terrified of the stories about it. Though Merry  tried to persuade him that the Old Forest would be nothing compared to meeting the Ringwraiths, Fatty was adamant, so the other Hobbits went into the forest with only the knowledge of [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] to aid them.
  
===Conspiracy===
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Fatty was born in 2980. He had a younger sister, '''[[Estella Bolger]]''' (2985&ndash;?), who married [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]].
Fatty was one of the [[Conspirators]], the friends of Frodo who knew that he was in an important mission to leave the Shire, and they assisted him without his knowledge. Fatty, along with [[Folco Boffin]] and Frodo's close circle, celebrated Frodo's last birthday in {{TA|3018}} before his departure from [[Hobbiton]]. Fatty and [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] then left for the house that Frodo had bought in [[Crickhollow]], in order to prepare it to be ready and habitable for his arrival.  
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Frodo eventually came to his house, along with [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]]. It was there when the conspirators revealed themselves to Frodo, and expressed their will to follow him in his mission. Fatty however was a typical hobbit who had never left the Shire and was unwilling to do so, but would play his role; he stayed behind to keep up the pretense that Frodo was there, by wearing his clothes and keep the house occupied, and deal with any "inquisitive folk".  
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During [[Saruman]]'s rule of [[the Shire]] he led a group of partisans fighting against the Ruffians around the hills of Scary, before eventually being captured. He was imprisoned and starved, meaning that after his release nobody could call him Fatty any more.
  
After hearing that Frodo was pursued by the [[Nazgûl|Black Riders]], Fatty was given the option to flee with the others into the [[Old Forest]], which however didn't seem more inviting to him (although Merry tried to persuade him that the Riders were far more terrifying than the stories about the Old Forest). Fredegar therefore opted to remain behind as a decoy for the Nazgûl and as a messenger for [[Gandalf]] in case he showed up.<ref>{{FR|I5}}</ref>
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In earlier drafts of The ''Lord of the Rings'', Fatty Bolger played a much larger role, but this was later abandoned. His role survives as a minor anomaly in the book &mdash; before the Hobbits go into the [[Old Forest]], they have five ponies prepared &mdash; but only take four. Bolger was originally supposed to go with them.
[[File:Christina Wald - Fatty Bolger.jpg|thumb|left|Christina Wald - ''Fatty Bolger'']]
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The Ringwraiths did eventually come in the night of [[30 September]] to Crickhollow for Frodo and [[the One Ring|the Ring]]. But Fatty, though frightened nearly witless, escaped to raise the alarm of [[Buckland]], causing the [[Brandybucks]] to sound the [[Horn-call of Buckland]]. This caused the Nazgûl to flee, but they had learned that the Ring was gone.<ref>{{FR|I11}}</ref>
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===Resistance===
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During [[Saruman]]'s rule of [[the Shire]], Fatty led a group of partisans fighting against the [[Ruffians]] in the [[Brockenbores]] around the hills of [[Scary]] before eventually being captured. He was imprisoned in the [[Lockholes]] and starved, (and could no longer be called "Fatty") but was rescued after the victory of the [[Battle of Bywater]].<ref name="Havens"/>
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==Etymology==
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The name contains ''ferdi'' "peace" and ''gar'' "spear".<ref>[[An Introduction to Elvish]], "Giving of Names"</ref>
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==Other versions of the Legendarium==
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In ''[[The Return of the Shadow]]'', Fatty Bolger is said to have played a much larger role, but this was later abandoned. His role survives as a minor anomaly in the published ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' - before the Hobbits go into the [[Old Forest]], they have five ponies prepared - but only take four. Fatty was originally supposed to go with them.
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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{{Gallery
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|File:Fatty at Bilbo's party.jpg|Fatty in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
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|File:The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game - Fredegar Bolger, Fatty.jpg|Fredegar in ''[[The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game]]''
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'''1995: ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'':'''
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:Included as a promotional card for [[METW]], [[MEPR: Fatty Bolger|Fatty Bolger]] is a character which can be brought into play in Bag End.
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:In the [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (extended edition)]], [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] greets Fredegar Bolger at the [[Bilbo's Farewell Party|Farewell Party]]. The audio commentary reveals that he is played by [[Fran Walsh]]'s uncle Tom.
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'''2001-2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game]]'':'''
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: A Decipher card portrays Fatty Bolger by Norman Cates.
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'''2002: [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (video game)]]:'''
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:A ''Fredregar'' Bolger lives at 10, [[Bagshot Row]].
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'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
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:Fredegar is a non-playable character that can be found at [[Crickhollow]]. The player meets with him during Book I: ''[[Stirrings in the Darkness]]'' Chapter 7: "Horn-call of Buckland" where the player first learns about Frodo having [[the One Ring]].
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'''2013: ''[[The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies]]'':'''
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:At the auction of [[Bilbo Baggins]]' estate, [[Tosser Grubb]] jokes that a footstool a member of the Bolger family has bought is "something for Fatty to put his feet on."
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[[Category:Bolger]]
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[[Category:Characters in The Lord of the Rings]]
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[[Category:Germanic names]]
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[[Category:Hobbits]]
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[[Category:Third Age characters]]
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