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Born III 2980 (1380 by the Shire-reckoning); survived until at least III 3019 (SR 1419), and almost certainly beyond
'Bolger' is pronounced like the English surname: 'boljer'
'Fredegar' is uncertain, but presumably related to frid, 'peace'1
'Bolger' is a variation on 'bulger', suggesting fatness


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Fredegar ‘Fatty’ Bolger

Loyal friend of Frodo Baggins

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A friend of Frodo Baggins in the Shire, who assisted with his removal to Buckland, and impersonated him while he travelled eastward to evade suspicion.



Fredegar's name doubtless shares its first element with common names like 'Frederick', deriving from frid, meaning 'peace'. The second element is difficult to translate, but perhaps comes from ger, 'spear' (as in the name of his great-grandfather Rudigar). As a whole, 'peace-spear' doesn't make apparent sense, though perhaps it was meant in the sense of, say, a retired spearman.

Whatever its source, it is known that Tolkien didn't invent the name 'Fredegar' out of whole cloth. Instead, it seems to have its source in the name of a real seventh-century Frankish chronicler.

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