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Tom was telling an absurd story about badgers and their queer ways

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil part 3 by Richard Svensson

Badger-folk were creatures of legend, mentioned in Hobbit verse.[2] Nothing is known of their origin or history.


According to the poem, the Badger-folk lived in secret houses connected by tunnels under a hill in, or nearby, the Old Forest. They appear to have been sentient and capable of speaking. Although Badger-brock once forcefully brought down Tom Bombadil to their burrows, the Badger-folk do not appear as truly evil creatures, but perhaps rather cunning or tricky.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Only mentioned briefly, the Badger-folk of the Withywindle appear badgerish but live after the manner of Hobbits. They are one of the Creatures of Faerië.[3]

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Legendary races of Arda
 Animals:  Dumbledors · Gorcrows · Hummerhorns · Pards · Swans of Gorbelgod · Turtle-fish
Dragon-kind:  Sea-serpents · Spark-dragons · Were-worms
Evil Races:  Ettens · Giants · Half-trolls · Hobgoblins · Ogres · Snow-trolls · Two-headed Trolls
Other:  Badger-folk · Great beasts · Lintips · Mewlips · Nameless things · Otter-folk · Spectres
Individuals:  Badger-brock · Fastitocalon · Fisher Blue · Lady of the Sun · Lonely Troll · Man in the Moon · Old Swan · Talking Gurthang · Talking purse · The Hunter · The Rider · River-woman · Tarlang · Tim · Tom · Whisker-lad · White cow · Willow-wren