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Ruffians

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==History==
 
==History==
 
The Ruffians followed [[Saruman|Sharkey]] to [[the Shire]] in {{TA|3018}}.<ref>{{RK|Homeward}}</ref> They were his main operatives, commanding the hobbits around, collecting the crop and surpressing any dissent. Many were killed in the [[Battle of Bywater]]; some were captured, and some fled. Those who died were buried in the [[Battle Pit]].<ref>{{RK|Scouring}}</ref>
 
The Ruffians followed [[Saruman|Sharkey]] to [[the Shire]] in {{TA|3018}}.<ref>{{RK|Homeward}}</ref> They were his main operatives, commanding the hobbits around, collecting the crop and surpressing any dissent. Many were killed in the [[Battle of Bywater]]; some were captured, and some fled. Those who died were buried in the [[Battle Pit]].<ref>{{RK|Scouring}}</ref>
 
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==Etymology==
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A ruffian refers to a scoundrel, rascal, or unprincipled, deceitful, brutal and unreliable person.<ref>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ruffian Ruffian] Wiktionary entry</ref>
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
'''1981: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)]]'':'''
 
'''1981: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)]]'':'''

Revision as of 17:28, 10 July 2012

The Ruffians were a group of Men from near Isengard.

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History

The Ruffians followed Sharkey to the Shire in T.A. 3018.[1] They were his main operatives, commanding the hobbits around, collecting the crop and surpressing any dissent. Many were killed in the Battle of Bywater; some were captured, and some fled. Those who died were buried in the Battle Pit.[2]

Etymology

A ruffian refers to a scoundrel, rascal, or unprincipled, deceitful, brutal and unreliable person.[3]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

John Bott plays a ruffian.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Homeward Bound"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  3. Ruffian Wiktionary entry