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The Fat

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The Fat was an epithet applied to a few character in Tolkien's works whose defining characteristic was their girth. Perhaps the best known, and indeed the only one mentioned by name in The Lord of the Rings, was Forlong the Fat, the Lord of Lossarnach[1] who met his fate in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[2] In The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, though, Tolkien introduced us to a character who shared Forlong's title - Lalia the Fat, the widow of Thain Fortinbras Took II of the Shire.[3]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214, (undated, written late 1958 or early 1959)