The Ruffians followed Sharkey to the Shire in T.A. 3018. 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.
A ruffian refers to a scoundrel, rascal, or unprincipled, deceitful, brutal and unreliable person.
 Portrayal in adaptations
- John Bott plays a ruffian.
- The voices of two ruffians are provided by Martin Vitek and Ivan Laca.