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"Tom was telling an absurd story about badgers and their queer ways"
J.R.R. Tolkien[1]
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil part 3 by Richard Svensson

Badger-folk were creatures of legend, mentioned in Hobbit verse.[2] Nothing is known of their origin or history.


[edit] Characteristics

According to the poem, the Badger-folk lived in secret houses connected by tunnels under a hill in, or nearby, the Old Forest. They appear to have been sentient and capable of speaking. Although Badger-brock once forcefully brought down Tom Bombadil to their burrows, the Badger-folk do not appear as truly evil creatures, but perhaps rather cunning or tricky.[2]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Only mentioned briefly, the Badger-folk of the Withywindle appear badgerish but live after the manner of Hobbits. They are one of the Creatures of Faerië.[3]

[edit] See also

[edit] External links


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil"
  3. Wesley J. Frank, et al. (1997), Arnor: The Land (#2023), p. 63
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