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Green Dragon

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The sign of the Golden Perch, as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Online.
"There's only one Dragon in Bywater, and that's Green."
Ted Sandyman[1]

The Green Dragon Inn was one of the Shire's many inns.


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 met with Thorin and his 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 Sharkey and his 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 and the other Travellers.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Green dragon, as it appeared in The Hobbit.

2001: Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring:

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

2002: Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring:

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

2003: Sierra's The Hobbit:

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


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"