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Nob

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Revision as of 17:42, 3 August 2008

Nob
Hobbit
Biographical Information
LocationBree
BirthNear the end of the Third Age
DeathEarly Fourth Age
Physical Description
GenderMale
"Hi! Nob! ... Where are you, you wolly-footed slow-coach?"
Barliman Butterbur, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

Nob was a hobbit of Bree.

Contents

Life

Nob lived at the end of the Third Age and probably the beginning of the Fourth. He worked for Barliman Butterbur at The Prancing Pony, where he served food and tended to any other needs guests might have.

On September 29, T.A. 3019, four Shire-hobbits came to The Prancing Pony. When one of them, Meriadoc Brandybuck, went missing after a night stroll, Nob found him near the house of Bill Ferny. Realizing the danger, Nob helped the Hobbits to disguise their beds, and kept watch at night. Nonetheless, the Inn was attacked.

When those four hobbits returned on October 28 the following year, Nob still worked at The Prancing Pony.

Etymology

Hammond and Scull think that Nob was perhaps chosen rhyme with Bob, and that it does not appear to be recognized diminutive or nickname. They seem to have forgotten "Nobby", however.

Portrayal in adaptations

Because of his minimal role, Nob is usually left out of adaptations. He had a better fate than his co-worker Bob, though, who has yet to make an appearance.

1981: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

Haydn Wood provided the voice for Nob.

2001: Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring:

No voice actor is specified for this small part. His role in searching for Merry was taken over by Strider.

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