The Bounders were responsible for policing the borders of the Shire and ensuring that outsiders behaved themselves. This was known as 'beating the bounds'. The Bounders was the larger of the two branches of the Watch (the other being the twelve Shirriffs).
The number of Bounders at any given time was varied according to need. In the run up to the War of the Ring they were greatly increased and they were busy as strange persons and creatures approached the borders.
The word means "persons watching the boundaries".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Of the Ordering of the Shire"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
- ↑ 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, pp. 753-4