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Dates
Occupied the Shire between late III 30181 and 3 November III 3019
Race
Settlements
Headquartered in Hobbiton around Bag End, and also quartered at Longbottom, Sarn Ford, Waymeet and Woody End
Meaning
'Sharkey' is a reference to Saruman

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  • Updated 13 February 2002
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Sharkey’s Men

The ruffians who took over the Shire

The thuggish Men brought to the Shire during in the War of the Ring to serve as Saruman's henchmen. They were eventually defeated by the Shire-hobbits, most notably at the famous Battle of Bywater.


Notes

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These Men first appeared in the Shire almost immediately after Frodo's departure; we don't have an exact date, but they seem to have arrived in late September or early October III 3018. They were originally under the control of Lotho Sackville-Baggins, and did not truly become 'Sharkey's Men' until the appearance of Sharkey (that is, Saruman) in the Shire about a year later, on 22 September III 3019.

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