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Literally, a male robin (a play on this character's given name 'Robin')1
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Cock-robin

The nickname of Robin Smallburrow

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A nickname for Robin Smallburrow, one the Shire's band of Shirriffs. Sam Gamgee used it when he encountered his old friend Robin and troop of Shirriffs after returning from the southern lands.


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'Cock-robin' is also slang for an easily-led person, and that seems to match Robin Smallburrow's half-hearted collaboration with Sharkey's Men. More famously a character of this name features in the old rhyme 'Who Killed Cock Robin?', where 'Cock Robin' is generally thought to be a veiled reference to Robin Hood. If Tolkien intended a connection to that rhyme, though, it's hard to fathom what that connection might be.

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