A nickname of the Will Whitfoot, the Mayor of the Shire at the time of the War of the Ring. He was already known as 'Old Will' at that time, though we're never told exactly how old he was.
After Sharkey took over the Shire, Old Will found himself the first prisoner placed in the Lockholes, and he was held there until Sharkey was overthrown and he was freed. Once known as the fattest Hobbit in the Westfarthing, he emerged much less fat than when he had been imprisoned. Frodo Baggins took on the role of Deputy Mayor until the old Mayor was ready to resume his office, which he did on Mid-year's Day of III 3020 (1420 by the Shire-reckoning). Will then served another seven-year term before finally retiring (by which time he must have been 'Old Will' indeed).
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