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Fredegar Bolger

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Fredegar Bolger
Christina Wald - Fatty Bolger.jpg
Biographical Information
Other names"Fatty"
BirthS.R. 1380
ParentageOdovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Fredegar Bolger
"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.




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]


Fatty was one of the Conspirators, the friends of Frodo who knew that he was in an important mission to leave the Shire, and assisted him without his knowledge. Fatty, along with Folco Boffin and Frodo's close circle, celebrated Frodo's birthday in T.A. 3018 before his departure from Hobbiton. Fatty and Merry then left for the house that Frodo had bought in Crickhollow, and prepared it to be ready for his arrival, along with Sam and Pippin.

It was there when the conspirators revealed themselves to Frodo, and expressed their will to follow Frodo 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 impersonate Frodo, wearing his clothes and deal with any "inquisitive folk", to keep up the pretense that Frodo was there. After learning about the danger of the Black Riders, Fatty was given the option to flee with the others into the Old Forest, which didn't seem more inviting to him (though Merry tried to persuade him about the contrary).

Fredegar voluntarily remained 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]


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]


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

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

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.

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.


  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"