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'''Will Whitfoot''' was the [[Mayor of Michel Delving]] (and therefore of the [[Shire]]) at the time of the [[War of the Ring]]. He was renowned as being the fattest hobbit in the [[Westfarthing]], and was affectionately referred to as "'''Old Will'''" or "'''Old Flourdumpling'''", perhaps because he emerged from the Town Hole covered in chalk after its roof collapsed. He was one of the first to be placed in the [[Lockholes]] after protesting when [[Sharkey]] established [[Lotho Sackville-Baggins]] as puppet ruler of the Shire. Fortunately he survived the experience.
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'''Will Whitfoot''' was the [[Mayor of Michel Delving]] during the [[War of the Ring]].
  
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==History==
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Whitfoot was elected Mayor at the [[Free Fair]] late in the [[Third Age]]. He was renowned as being the fattest hobbit in the [[Westfarthing]], and was affectionately referred to as "Flourdumpling" after he emerged from the collapse of the [[Town Hole]] covered in chalk.<ref>{{FR|Strider}}</ref>
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He was one of the first victims of the new rule of [[Lotho Sackville-Baggins]] and [[Sharkey]]. He went to protest Lotho's taking down trees, but was apprehended by Ruffians on his way to [[Bag End]]. He was locked up in the [[Lockholes]], and Lotho usurped his title.<ref>{{RK|Scouring}}</ref> He was freed after the [[Battle of Bywater]], but was at first unfit for duty as Mayor, so [[Frodo Baggins]] served as Deputy Mayor.<ref>{{RK|Havens}}</ref> He was officially restored as Mayor on the next Free Fair, on mid-summer's day of {{SR|1420}}.<ref name="Later">{{App|Later}}</ref>
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Will Whitfoot resigned in {{SR|1427}}, and was succeeded by [[Samwise Gamgee]].<ref name="Later"/>
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==Etymology==
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The name "Whitfoot" is derived from "White foot".<ref>{{HM|N}}</ref>
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Will Whitfoot
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesFlourdumpling
LocationMichel Delving
Physical Description
GenderMale

Will Whitfoot was the Mayor of Michel Delving during the War of the Ring.

History

Whitfoot was elected Mayor at the Free Fair late in the Third Age. He was renowned as being the fattest hobbit in the Westfarthing, and was affectionately referred to as "Flourdumpling" after he emerged from the collapse of the Town Hole covered in chalk.[1]

He was one of the first victims of the new rule of Lotho Sackville-Baggins and Sharkey. He went to protest Lotho's taking down trees, but was apprehended by Ruffians on his way to Bag End. He was locked up in the Lockholes, and Lotho usurped his title.[2] He was freed after the Battle of Bywater, but was at first unfit for duty as Mayor, so Frodo Baggins served as Deputy Mayor.[3] He was officially restored as Mayor on the next Free Fair, on mid-summer's day of S.R. 1420.[4]

Will Whitfoot resigned in S.R. 1427, and was succeeded by Samwise Gamgee.[4]

Etymology

The name "Whitfoot" is derived from "White foot".[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion