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Ruffians

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The Ruffians were a group of Men from near Isengard.

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[edit] History

The Ruffians followed Sharkey to the Shire in T.A. 3018.[1] They were his main operatives, commanding the hobbits around, collecting the crop and surpressing any dissent. Many were killed in the Battle of Bywater; some were captured, and some fled. Those who died were buried in the Battle Pit.[2]

[edit] Etymology

A ruffian refers to a scoundrel, rascal, or unprincipled, deceitful, brutal and unreliable person.[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

John Bott plays a ruffian.

2003: Pán prsteňov (2001-2003 Slovak radio series):

The voices of two ruffians are provided by Martin Vitek and Ivan Laca.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Homeward Bound"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  3. Ruffian Wiktionary entry