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"Badger-brock" by Richard Svensson
LocationOld Forest
AffiliationTom Bombadil
Childrenmany sons[1]
Physical Description
Eye colordark

Badger-brock was an individual of the Badger-folk, mentioned only in Hobbit verse. He had a "snowy forehead" and "dark blinking eyes", and lived with his wife and many sons in a secret house near the Withywindle. On one occasion, Badger-brock caught and pulled down Tom Bombadil to the burrows of the Badger-folk under earth. But Tom displayed his power using chant, which caused all the Badger-folk to become frightened, and they showed him out again.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Brock is an Old English and Middle English word for badger.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Only mentioned briefly, the Badger-brock of the Withywindle is one of the Creatures of Faerië.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil"
  2. "Brock" at Webster's Online Dictionary (accessed 23 November 2020)
  3. Wesley J. Frank, et al. (1997), Arnor: The Land (#2023), p. 63
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