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Fatty Lumpkin

Fatty Lumpkin was a pony kept by Tom Bombadil.

[edit] History

Fatty Lumpkin was rarely ridden by Tom, and spent much of his time roaming free on the Barrow-downs. After their encounter with a Barrow-wight, Tom rode along with Frodo and his friends for a while on Fatty Lumpkin.[1] The Hobbits' ponies had developed a strong friendship with Lumpkin during their time at Tom's house, and it was this that led them back to Tom Bombadil after they escaped from Bree.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Tolkien notes that -kin is in this name used a diminutive suffix.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Homeward Bound"
  3. 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, p. 757