Bill the Pony

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This article is about the pony. For the troll, see William.
Bill the Pony
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"Bill the Pony" by Christina Kraus
AffiliationSamwise Gamgee; previously Bill Ferny
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Bill the pony

Bill was Samwise Gamgee's pony, named for its original owner Bill Ferny.

History[edit | edit source]

Bill (who probably had not even a name then) was owned by Bill Ferny in Bree, mistreated and half-starved. He was the only animal in town, since Bill or his allies had opened the stables of The Prancing Pony and all the mounts went loose.

The next day Bill sold the pony to Frodo Baggins for twelve silver pennies (more than three times his worth).[1] This proved the best thing for Bill, as Sam Gamgee dearly loved him and fed him back to health.

Bill the Pony travelled with Strider and the Hobbits through the leagues of Eriador,[2] at one point carrying Frodo on their way to Rivendell.[3] Then he accompanied the Fellowship of the Ring, carrying their rations. Outside the West-gate of Moria, for fear of his safety, Bill was released into the wild, encouraged to make his way back to Bree.[4]

On the homeward journey of the hobbits, Sam, who was fond of the pony, was reunited with Bill at the Prancing Pony.[5] When the returning hobbits came to the gate upon the bridge across the Brandywine and Bill Ferny threw the keys at Merry, it was Bill the pony who kicked Bill Ferny as he ran off into the night.[6]

Finally, Sam rode Bill when he accompanied Frodo on his trip to the Grey Havens.[7]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

Rather than being released at the West-gate of Moria, Bill is instead taken by the Watcher in the Water.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

A pony accompanies the Fellowship of the Ring from Rivendell to the Doors of Durin. There, it is released by Aragorn. Both Aragorn and Sam refer to it as "Bill."

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Bill can be found lost just west of Moria. There is a quest where the player has to escort Bill to safety from a pack of wolves.