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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>
 
<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>
'''Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger''' was a Hobbit of [[the Shire]]. He was one of the "[[Conspirators]]", a small group of [[Hobbits]] who knew that [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] had the [[The One Ring|Ring]].  
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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==
 
===Ancestry===
 
===Ancestry===
Fatty was a descendant of [[Hildibrand Took]] ({{TA|2849}} - {{TA|2934}}), one of the many sons of the [[Gerontius Took|Old Took]].<ref>{{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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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/>
  
 
===Conspiracy===
 
===Conspiracy===
Fredergar with [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] stayed at the house [[Frodo Baggins]] bought at [[Crickhollow]] and prepared it as they waited for his arrival along with [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]]
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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.
  
The original plan of the [[Conspirators]] was that when they left, 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 about the [[Nazgûl|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 Nazgûl and expect [[Gandalf]] in case he showed up, and tell him of the events. 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.<ref>{{FR|I5}}</ref>
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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".  
  
The Ringwraiths did eventually come in the night to Crickhollow for Frodo and [[the One Ring|the Ring]], but Fatty, though frightened nearly witless, escaped to raise the alarm 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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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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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>
  
 
===Resistance===
 
===Resistance===
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 was rescued after the victory of the [[Battle of Bywater]].<ref name="Havens"/>
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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"/>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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'''1995: ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'':'''
 
'''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.
 
: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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[[File:Fatty at Bilbo's party.jpg|thumb|Fatty at Bilbo's party]]
 
'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
 
'''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.  
 
: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.  
  
'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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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)]]:'''
 
:A ''Fredregar'' Bolger lives at 10, [[Bagshot Row]].
 
:A ''Fredregar'' Bolger lives at 10, [[Bagshot Row]].
  

Latest revision as of 14:47, 29 December 2013

Christina Wald - Fatty Bolger.jpg
Fredegar Bolger
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other names"Fatty"
LocationBudgeford
BirthS.R. 1380
Family
FamilyBolger
ParentageOdovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took
SiblingsEstella
Physical Description
GenderMale
"You would have done better to come with us after all, poor old Fredegar!"
Peregrin Took[1]

Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger was a Hobbit of the Shire. He was one of the close friends of Frodo who knew that he had the Ring and helped him with his mission to leave the Shire.

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[edit] History

[edit] Ancestry

Fatty was a descendant of Hildibrand Took (T.A. 2849 - T.A. 2934), one of the many sons of the Old Took.[2] He was the son of Odovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took. Fatty was born in T.A. 2980 and his family was from Budgeford in Bridgefields of the Eastfarthing. He also had a younger sister, Estella Bolger (b. T.A. 2985), who would eventually marry Meriadoc Brandybuck.

Fredegar was a good friend of Frodo Baggins. In T.A. 3001 he was a guest at Bilbo's Farewell Party.[2]

[edit] Conspiracy

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 T.A. 3018 before his departure from Hobbiton. Fatty and 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.

Frodo eventually came to his house, along with Sam and 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 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.[3]

The Ringwraiths did eventually come in the night of 30 September to Crickhollow for Frodo and 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.[4]

[edit] Resistance

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.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name contains ferdi "peace" and gar "spear"[5]

[edit] 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.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1995: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Included as a promotional card for METW, Fatty Bolger is a character which can be brought into play in Bag End.
Fatty at Bilbo's party

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), Bilbo greets Fredegar Bolger at the Farewell Party. The audio commentary reveals that he is played by Fran Walsh's uncle Tom.

2002: 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.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  5. An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"