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Bob

Location(s): Bree

Race/Species: Man

Title(s): hostler

Dates: late Third Age

Description:

The hostler at The Prancing Pony in Bree.
'Hi! Nob!' [Mr. Butterbur] shouted....

A cheery-looking hobbit bobbed out of a door....

'Where's Bob?' asked the landlord. 'You don't know? Well find him...! Tell Bob there's five ponies that have to be stabled. He must find room somehow.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 9, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

'Can't we get a couple of ponies in the village, or even one just for the baggage?'....

'I doubt it,' said the landlord unhappily.... 'But I'll do what I can. I'll rout out Bob and send him round as soon as may be.'....

Bob came back with the report that no horse or pony was to be got for love or money in the neighbourhood — except one: Bill Ferny had one that he might possibly sell. 'A poor old half-starved creature it is,' said Bob; 'but he won't part with it for less than thrice its worth, seeing how you're placed, not if I knows Bill Ferny.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

They said farewell to Nob and Bob, and took leave of Mr. Butterbur with many thanks....

Sam was chewing an apple thoughtfully. He had a pocket full of them: a parting present from Nob and Bob.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

'And I'll see what can be done about supper, as soon as may be; but I'm short-handed at present. Hey, Nob you slowcoach! Tell Bob! Ah, but there I'm forgetting, Bob's gone: goes home to his folk at nightfall now. Well, take the guests' ponies to the stables, Nob!'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, Homeward Bound

Merry's ponies had escaped altogether, and eventually... came under the care of Tom Bombadil.... But... he sent them to Mr. Butterbur.... They had to work harder in Bree, but Bob treated them well....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 21Apr08

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