Ah, let’s have the story all about how Bree got flip-turned upside down.
Butterbur relays the information of how Bree went sour, starting with the arrival of plenty of unsavory folks from down south. They formed up in a group, and some men of Bree betrayed the town and let the scoundrels in. A fight ensued, and five people (at least from Bree) were killed, two men and three hobbits. This makes Butterbur sad.
As a result, security has been heightened in Bree, and they feel that the roads are unsafe. The four hobbits and Gandalf, however, rode safely. Probably because they’re decked out in armor and weaponry.
-Tom Pickthorn: A hobbit who lost his life in the “battle” of Bree. He’s actually the only one we hadn’t heard of before.
That’s right, most of the other guys were mentioned back in our first go at The Prancing Pony, though really just by their last names. We learn some first names today, and they’re much less interesting.
I’m interested to know what types of men these southerners were! They couldn’t have been led by Saruman, because he only just recently came this way. My bet is that the men of the hills who allied with Saruman went this way after their defeat and retreat. They were unsavory raiders to begin with, and seeing a town like Bree would have been inviting for them.
In other news, the men that aided (and later joined) the bandits were Harry, the gatekeeper, and Bill Ferny. Because of course Bill Ferny. Jerkface. Both ran off and are now living with their new “friends”. Maybe the woods are better than Bree, but I doubt it.
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Total losses from Bree: Mat Heathertoes, Rowlie Appledore, Tom Pickthorn, Willie Banks, and an Underhill. No first name for him, I guess.
But remember, that wasn’t today!
No one dies today.
“And Gandalf, too, was now…”