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Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger was one of the small group of Hobbits who knew that Frodo Baggins had the One Ring. Fatty was a descendant of Hildibrand Took (TA 2849 - TA 2934), one of the many descendants of Gerontius Took. He was the son of Odovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took.[1]

He had a younger sister, Estella (TA 2985 - ?), who would marry Meriadoc Brandybuck.


Fatty runs from a Nazgûl.

Fatty, along with Folco Boffin, Sam, Merry and Pippin was one of Frodo Baggins's friends, and helped move his things from Bag End to his new home at Crickhollow. There, he and Merry welcomed Frodo, Sam and Pippin when those three arrived from Bucklebury.

Fredegar could have gone with Frodo and his companions into the Old Forest, but was terrified of the stories about it. Though Merry tried to persuade him that the Old Forest would be nothing compared to meeting the Black Riders, Fatty was adamant, so the other Hobbits went into the forest with only the knowledge of Merry to aid them.

After Frodo and the rest departed Crickhollow, Fredegar stayed behind in an attempt to keep up appearances and delay news of their departure.[2] Then on September 30 the house was attacked by three Nazgûl. Fredegar, scared out of wits, had already run to the nearest house and raised the Horn-call of Buckland and so the Nazgûl left.[3]

During Saruman's rule of the Shire he led a group of partisans fighting against the Ruffians around the Hills of Scary, before eventually being captured. He and his companions were imprisoned in the Lockholes and starved, meaning that after his release nobody could call him Fatty any more.[4]

Behind the scenes

In earlier drafts of The Lord of the Rings Fatty Bolger played a much larger role, but this was later abandoned. His role survives as a minor anomaly in the book. When the Hobbits go into the Old Forest Bolger was originally supposed to go with them.

Fatty Bolger cheering when Bilbo shouts “Bolgers!”

Fredegar in The Lord of the Rings Online


Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic فريدغر بولجر
Belarusian Cyrillic Фрэдагар Пузікс
Bulgarian Cyrillic Фредегар Болгер
Chinese 佛瑞斯加·博哲
Dutch Fredegar Burger
French Fredegar Bolgeurre
Georgian ფრედეგარ "სქელო" ბოლჯერი
Greek Φρέντεγκαρ Μπόλγκαρ
Hebrew פרדגאר (פאטי) בולג'ר
Italian Fredegario "Grassotto" Bolgeri
Japanese フレデガリ・ボルジャー
Persian (Fatty Bolger) فتی بوگلر
Polish Fredegar "Grubas" Bolger
Russian Фредегар Болджер
Ukrainian Cyrillic Фредегар Бульбер