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The Prancing Pony (i.e. the Inn of the Prancing Pony) was an inn in the town of Bree where Frodo Baggins, Sam, Pippin, and Merry first met Strider.


The Prancing Pony was based inside the central hub of the town, near stables and various merchant stalls. Since Bree was built on the cross-roads of the Greenway and Great East Road, it was a fairly well-traveled inn, and was so accustomed to hobbits that designated hobbit-rooms had been built. Barliman Butterbur was the innkeeper at the time of the War of the Ring. Nob and Bob were two hobbits that worked under him: Nob was a general servant, and Bob was as a ostler, tending to the horses and ponies.


The inn's sign as depicted in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Prancing Pony Matěj Čadil

Matěj Čadil's depiction of the inn

In the years leading up to the Quest of Erebor, Gandalf the Grey met up with Thorin Oakenshield at The Prancing Pony by chance. Thorin wished to slay Smaug the dragon and claim his rightful title of King under the Mountain. Gandalf spoke with him, and would aid him in finding and appointing a burglar.[1]

Frodo Baggins stayed at this inn in TA 3018 while traveling to Rivendell with his three companions, having been told by Gandalf to meet him there. They encountered Aragorn ("Strider"), and allowed him to join their company. On the night of their stay, the hobbits feared the Black Riders who had been searching for them, so they avoided sleeping in their rooms, and stayed with Aragorn. That night, their rooms were indeed searched and ravaged by some of the Ringwraiths. The hobbits and Aragorn made off into the Lone-lands the next day.[2][3]



Foreign Language Translated name
Bulgarian Cyrillic Скокливото пони
Cambodian នេះសេះលោតកញ្ជ្រោលតាមភ្លេងព្រម
Catalan El Cavallet Presumit
Chinese (Hong Kong) 躍馬旅店
Czech U Skákavého poníka
Danish Den Stejlende Pony
Dutch De Steigerende Pony
Estonian Tantsisklev Poni
Finnish Pomppiva Poni
French Le Poney Fringant
Galician Pônei Saltitante
German Zum Tänzelnden Pony
Hebrew ה סוסון המרקד
Hindi अकड़नेवाला टट्टू
Hungarian Pajkos Póni
Italian Il Puledro Impennato
Japanese 跳ねポニー
Norwegian Den dansende Ponni
Den steilende ponni
Polish Pod Rozbrykanym Kucykiem
Portuguese O Pônei Saltitante (Brazil)

O Garrano Empinado (Portugal)

Romanian Poneiul În Două Picioare
Russian Гарцующий Пони
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) El Póney Pisador
Swedish Stegrande ponnyn
Thai โรงเตี๊ยมม้าเต้น
Turkish Sıçrayan Midilli
Yiddish די פּראַנסינג פּאָני