Farmer Maggot was a Hobbit who lived in Bamfurlong in the Eastfarthing of the Shire. He farmed in the Marish, close to the Shire's borders. Like many Hobbits of the borderlands he lived above ground, as opposed to a Hobbit-hole.
Maggot was very cautious for a Hobbit and kept three large dogs to protect him: Fang, Grip, and Wolf. Because Frodo Baggins, while he lived in Brandy Hall, used to steal mushrooms from him, Maggot once beat him and terrified him with his dogs.
On 25 September of T.A. 3018, Maggot was approached by a Black Rider who asked him about the name Baggins. Maggot told him that the Bagginses were in Hobbiton. The rider told him that this Baggins left Hobbiton and that he would reward him with gold if he informed him the next time he came. Maggot however, despite the chill this stranger cause to him, was enraged for the trespass, and threatened him with his dogs. The rider hissed, and left like thunder.
Before entering Buckland, Frodo, Sam and Pippin had a stop from his farm. Although Frodo was afraid of him, he met his true personality. Mrs. Maggot served them mugs of beer, and Maggot said the story about the stranger and offered his hospitality for the night. Frodo understood how likable he is in person and felt sorry that he missed a friend for so many years. Since the Hobbits were hasty, Maggot offered them to transport them with his wagon up to the Bucklebury Ferry.
Portrayal in Adaptations
- Cameron Rhodes portrays Farmer Maggot when he is questioned by a Ringwraith. In a later scene where he chases away the four hobbits from his fields, his voice is provided by sound engineer Mike Hopkins.
- Farmer Maggot appears at the end of the Shire levels.