On the morning of 30 September T.A. 3018 it was discovered that all of the ponies belonging to Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, as well as every other horse stabled at the Prancing Pony had been stolen in the night. Eventually Bill the Pony was bought from Bill Ferny for twelve silver pennies, which was considered to be at least three times its value. Barliman Butterbur paid for the beast and also gave Merry eighteen more silver pennies in compensation for the ponies the party had lost. The loss of thirty silver pennies was quite a financial blow to the innkeeper, even though he was reckoned well-off in Bree.