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Deputy Mayor

A temporary Mayor of the Shire

A post among the Shire-hobbits for one who held the place of the Mayor of Michel Delving while the true Mayor was unable to perform their duties for some reason. The duties associated with the Mayoralty were light, and so the position of Deputy Mayor was not an onerous one, consisting primarily of officiating at banquets.

Unlike the full office of Mayor, whose holder was elected once every seven years, there seems to have been no process for electing a Deputy. Rather, some suitable candidate would simply be appointed to the role. From what evidence we have, a Deputy would only hold the position briefly: the longest-serving Deputy on record was Tolman Cotton, who served in the post for just a single year while Mayor Samwise Gamgee was away from the Shire in IV 21.


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