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In the extended first version of this passage, as I have quoted, Farmer Maggot's face was 'hair-framed' - did Tolkien change his mind? Did Maggot not have a beard after all, even though the Prologue states that many Hobbits of the Eastfarthing had beards? However, Pauline Baynes' illustrations that accompany ''The Adventures of Tom Bombadil'' depict Farmer Maggot as having a beard, and him and his family as human, even.
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In the extended first version of this passage, as I have quoted, Farmer Maggot's face was 'hair-framed' - did Tolkien change his mind? Did Maggot not have a beard after all, even though the Prologue states that many Hobbits of the Eastfarthing had beards?  
  
  

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