Saruman arrives in the Shire
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: September 22, 3019
... Saruman comes to the Shire.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring
'[Something's] wrong with the Southfarthing evidently,' said Merry. 'There's a general shortage of pipe-weed.'
'Whatever it is,' said Pippin, 'Lotho will be at the bottom of it: you can be sure of that.'
'Deep in, but not at the bottom,' said Gandalf. 'You have forgotten Saruman. He began to take an interest in the Shire before Mordor did.'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, Homeward Bound
'Who is this Sharkey?' said Merry. 'I heard one of the ruffians speak of him.'
'The biggest ruffian o' the lot, seemingly,' answered Cotton. 'It was about last harvest, end o' September maybe, that we first heard of him. We've never seen him, but he's up at Bag End; and he's the real Chief now, I guess. All the ruffians do what he says; and what he says is mostly hack, burn, and ruin; and now it's come to killing. ...
'I don't believe that fool of a Pimple's behind all this. It's Sharkey, I say.'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire
Elena Tiriel 22Aug06, 22Sep07