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Old 01-29-2019, 07:12 PM   #1
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Did Farmer Maggot get home OK?

Don't recall any confirmation in the book that he made it back after dropping Frodo and co off at the Ferry entrance. At least one Nazgul was nearby.
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:19 PM   #2
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Don't recall any confirmation in the book that he made it back after dropping Frodo and co off at the Ferry entrance. At least one Nazgul was nearby.
Hmm don't remember any textual evidence to suggest one way or the other but unless the Nazgul discovered that he actually hosted Baggins that day I don't think they would care too much about him and wouldn't be bothered to harm him. It's possible that they sensed the Ring move eastwards as the hobbits followed Merry over the Brandywine and left Maggot's shore alone. It's possible they lost scent before coming upon the house in Crickhollow when Fatty Bolger was alone there, and they might continue to interview hobbits about Baggins, in which case Maggot could pretend to not know anything of value like all the other folk. It's possible that they would spot the lie but I think Maggot has enough presence of mind in a crisis to act his part well.


Would be interested if someone finds any evidence of his fate though!

Also, where was he during the Scouring of the Shire? What did he do during Sharkey's rule? He doesn't seem the kind to take it lying down.
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Farmer Maggot occasionally hosted Tom Bombadil according to the verses in Farmer Giles of Ham, before or after the LOTR?
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Also, where was he during the Scouring of the Shire? What did he do during Sharkey's rule? He doesn't seem the kind to take it lying down.
Maybe he and his sons were among the Thain's harrying force in the Tookland.
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Unlike the movie version, the Nazgul weren't engaging in wanton murder across the Shire. They were not supposed to draw attention! Their one and only job was to find the Ring, not kill random hobbits.
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Unlike the movie version, the Nazgul weren't engaging in wanton murder across the Shire. They were not supposed to draw attention! Their one and only job was to find the Ring, not kill random hobbits.
Except if they knew Frodo and company were involved. Recall Fatty Bolger's scare, and the attack on the Peancing Pony. The Nazgul might not have killed Bolger per se but they didn't come for tea either. What would they do if they discovered the person to last see Baggins and possibly know some of his plans? I think Maggot's best protection is playing dumb; as long as the Nazgul don't suspect he knows more about Frodo than any other average hobbit they won't care abiut him too much.
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