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{{quote|There's only one Dragon in Bywater, and that's Green.|[[Ted Sandyman]], ''[[A Long-expected Party]]''}}
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{{quote|There's only one Dragon in Bywater, and that's Green.|[[Ted Sandyman]]<ref>{{FR|I1}}</ref>}}
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The '''Green Dragon''' was one of the many inns of [[the Shire]].  It was located in [[Bywater]] on the [[Bywater Road]] and was the building nearest to [[Hobbiton]],<ref name="Scouring">{{RK|VI8}}</ref> being one mile southeast from the bridge over [[the Water]] that led to [[Bag End]].<ref name="Mutton">{{H|Mutton}}</ref> As such, [[Hobbits]] from both villages could be seen there.
  
The '''Green Dragon Inn''' was one of the [[Shire]]'s many inns.  
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==History==
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In {{TA|2941}}<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> when [[Bilbo Baggins]] looked at the letter that [[Thorin]] [[Oakenshield]] had left on his mantelpiece after the Unexpected Party, he found that he only had ten minutes to arrive punctually for the 11 a.m. start of the quest to the [[Lonely Mountain]] at the Green Dragon Inn.  Bilbo made it, barely, and found that the [[Thorin and company]] were packed and ready to go.<ref name="Mutton"/>
  
==Story==
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On [[12 April]] {{TA|3018|n}}, the same day that [[Gandalf]] returned to the Shire after many years,<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref> [[Samwise Gamgee]] was visiting the Green Dragon when the talk turned to Tree-men, one of whom had been seen by Sam's [[Halfast Gamgee|cousin Hal]].  Although queer tales had begun to be heard in the Shire the hobbits at the inn, especially [[Ted Sandyman]], laughed at Sam's story.<ref>{{FR|I2}}</ref>
The Green Dragon Inn stood on the [[Bywater Road]], the last building passed by travellers from [[Bywater]] on their way towards [[Hobbiton]]. It was perhaps most famous as the starting-point of the [[Quest of Erebor]]: it was here that a flustered and unprepared [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] met with [[Thorin II Oakenshield|Thorin]] and his [[Thorin and Company|Dwarves]] on the morning their adventures began. It remained an important meeting-place and a centre of gossip long after Bilbo returned from the Quest, and at the time of the famous [[Birthday Party]], [[Sam Gamgee]] was among its regular visitors. For all its proud history, it did not survive the coming of [[Saruman|Sharkey]] and his [[Ruffians|Men]] to the Shire during the [[War of the Ring]], and it was a desolate and empty place by the time Sam returned with [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and the other Travellers.
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When [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]], [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]], and Sam returned to Bywater on [[2 November]] {{TA|3019|n}}<ref>{{App|Chief}}</ref> they found the Green Dragon closed with broken windows and a half dozen [[Ruffians]] loitering nearby. When they insulted Frodo the other three hobbits drove the men away.<ref name="Scouring"/>
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After the Ruffians and [[Saruman|Sharkey]] had either been killed or driven away the Green Dragon Inn was undoubtedly restored.
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==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
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In the original version of [[Thorin]]'s letter to Bilbo, the rendezvous point for the start of the journey to the [[Lonely Mountain]] was the [[Old Mill|Great Mill]].<ref>{{HH|Trolls}}, p. 89</ref>  Not long before the story was published this was changed to the inn, first named the Green Man and finally the Green Dragon.<ref name="TrollNotes">{{HH|Trolls}}, note 2, p. 98</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
'''2001: ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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[[Image:The Hobbit (2003) Green Dragon Inn.JPG|250px|right|thumb|The Green dragon, as it appeared in ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|The Hobbit]]''.]]
:The Green Dragon is the location of several scenes. The activities from the [[Ivy Bush]] were relocated here.  
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:The Green Dragon is the location of several scenes. The activities from the [[Ivy Bush]] were relocated here. [[Rose Cotton|Rose Cotton]] appears there, implying that she works there as a barmaid.
  
'''2003: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|Sierra's The Hobbit]]'':'''
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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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:The Green Dragon is situated in Bywater. [[Daddy Twofoot]] sits outside, while inside, [[Robin Smallburrow]], [[Rose Cotton|Rose Cotton]] and [[Gaffer Gamgee|Hamfast Gamgee]] can be found. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] reveal their "conspiracy" there.
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
 
:The Green Dragon is a small building with a thatched roof. Entering it marks the end of the first level.  
 
:The Green Dragon is a small building with a thatched roof. Entering it marks the end of the first level.  
  
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[[de:Gasthaus „Zum Grünen Drachen“]]
 
[[de:Gasthaus „Zum Grünen Drachen“]]
 
[[fi:Vihreä Lohikäärme]]
 
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Latest revision as of 01:24, 1 January 2013

The Green Dragon Sign.jpg
Green Dragon
Physical Description
TypeInn
LocationBywater, Westfarthing, in the Shire
RealmsThe Shire
InhabitantsHobbits, travelers
DescriptionPopular public inn
General Information
EventsStart of the Quest of Erebor
"There's only one Dragon in Bywater, and that's Green."
Ted Sandyman[1]

The Green Dragon was one of the many inns of the Shire. It was located in Bywater on the Bywater Road and was the building nearest to Hobbiton,[2] being one mile southeast from the bridge over the Water that led to Bag End.[3] As such, Hobbits from both villages could be seen there.

[edit] History

In T.A. 2941[4] when Bilbo Baggins looked at the letter that Thorin Oakenshield had left on his mantelpiece after the Unexpected Party, he found that he only had ten minutes to arrive punctually for the 11 a.m. start of the quest to the Lonely Mountain at the Green Dragon Inn. Bilbo made it, barely, and found that the Thorin and company were packed and ready to go.[3]

On 12 April 3018, the same day that Gandalf returned to the Shire after many years,[5] Samwise Gamgee was visiting the Green Dragon when the talk turned to Tree-men, one of whom had been seen by Sam's cousin Hal. Although queer tales had begun to be heard in the Shire the hobbits at the inn, especially Ted Sandyman, laughed at Sam's story.[6]

When Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam returned to Bywater on 2 November 3019[7] they found the Green Dragon closed with broken windows and a half dozen Ruffians loitering nearby. When they insulted Frodo the other three hobbits drove the men away.[2]

After the Ruffians and Sharkey had either been killed or driven away the Green Dragon Inn was undoubtedly restored.

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In the original version of Thorin's letter to Bilbo, the rendezvous point for the start of the journey to the Lonely Mountain was the Great Mill.[8] Not long before the story was published this was changed to the inn, first named the Green Man and finally the Green Dragon.[9]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

The Green dragon, as it appeared in The Hobbit.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

The Green Dragon is the location of several scenes. The activities from the Ivy Bush were relocated here. Rose Cotton appears there, implying that she works there as a barmaid.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

The Green Dragon is situated in Bywater. Daddy Twofoot sits outside, while inside, Robin Smallburrow, Rose Cotton and Hamfast Gamgee can be found. Merry and Pippin reveal their "conspiracy" there.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

The Green Dragon is a small building with a thatched roof. Entering it marks the end of the first level.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Trolls", p. 89
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Trolls", note 2, p. 98