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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]]. Fatty was born in 2980 and his family was from Budgeford in Bridgefiels of the Eastfarthing. He also had a younger sister, '''[[Estella Bolger]]''' (2985–?), who married [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]].
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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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The Original plan of the Conspiriors was that when [[Frodo Baggins]], [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin I Took|Pippin]] left the Frodo's new home in Crckhollow, Fredegar (who had never left the Shire) was to stay behind to deal with any "inquisitive folk" and to keep up the pretense that Frodo was still living there by wearing Frodo's clothes and keeping about the place.  After learning the identy of the Black Riders, Fatty was invited to flee with the others into the [[Old Forest]]. He claimed to be too terrified of the stories of the Forest and instead voluntarily remained behind as a decoy for the Nazgul and to tell the absent Gandalf of events should he ever show up.  Though Merry tried to persuade Fatty that the Old Forest would be nothing compared to meeting the Ringwraiths, Fatty was adamant, so the other Hobbits went into the Forest.
  
===Conspiracy===
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The Ringwraiths did eventually come in the night to Crickhollow for Frodo and the Ring, but Fatty, though frightened nearly witless, escaped to raise the alarm of Buckland. This caused the Nazgul to flee, but they had learned that the Ring was gone.
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".
 
  
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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During [[Saruman]]'s rule of [[the Shire]], Fatty led a group of partisans fighting against the Ruffians 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 rescued in the Scouring of the Shire.
[[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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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.
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==
 
The name contains ''ferdi'' "peace" and ''gar'' "spear".<ref>[[An Introduction to Elvish]], "Giving of Names"</ref>
 
 
==Other versions of the Legendarium==
 
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.
 
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
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|File:Fatty at Bilbo's party.jpg|Fatty in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
 
|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]]'':'''
 
:Included as a promotional card for [[METW]], [[MEPR: Fatty Bolger|Fatty Bolger]] is a character which can be brought into play in Bag End.
 
 
'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
 
: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.
 
 
'''2001-2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game]]'':'''
 
: A Decipher card portrays Fatty Bolger by Norman Cates.
 
 
'''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)]]:'''
 
:A ''Fredregar'' Bolger lives at 10, [[Bagshot Row]].
 
 
'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
 
: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]].
 
 
'''2013: ''[[The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies]]'':'''
 
: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:Third Age characters]]
 
 
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