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The Free Fair was a festival that the Hobbits held every seven years during the three days of Lithe. It took place in the White Downs near Michel Delving and among the attractions was the election the Mayor of Michel Delving. It was called 'Free' because anyone could set up a stall without charge.[1]

At the Free Fair of S.R. 1420 Frodo Baggins resigned as Deputy Mayor and Will Whitfoot returned to office for seven years.[2] In 1427 Will Whitfoot resigned and Samwise Gamgee was elected Mayor, beginning the first of seven terms in office.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Of the Ordering of the Shire"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"