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Robin Smallburrow

Robin Smallburrow
Angelo Montanini - Robin Smallburrow.jpg
"Robin Smallburrow" by Angelo Montanini
Biographical Information
Other namesCock-robin
Birthlate Third Age
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Robin Smallburrow

Robin Smallburrow was a Shirriff from Hobbiton.

[edit] History

Born and raised in Hobbiton, Robin was of old a friend of the Gamgees. He loved being outdoors, and became a Shirriff so he could meet new people (and, equally important, inns).[1]

Originally one of only twelve,[2] during Lotho Sackville-Baggins' reign, Robin found himself in over his head. He was reassigned to the First Eastfarthing Troop in Frogmorton, tasked with enforcing The Rules.

Robin was one of the Shirriffs sent to arrest four Hobbits who had illegally entered the Shire at the Brandywine Bridge. It was more of an escort than an arrest, as Robin and his troops were on foot and the four Hobbits had ponies. At the Three-Farthing Stone, the Shirriffs gave up and let their prisoners go on without them.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name "Smallburrow" may imply Robin came from a poor family, as only the poor and the rich lived in smials. His name bears some resemblance to the mythical Robin Goodfellow.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Despite not featuring in The Lord of the Rings film series, Decipher produced a card depicting the character. He was played by Timothy Bartlett.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Robin Smallburrow can be found at the Green Dragon, voiced by an uncredited James Arnold Taylor. Later, he is attacked by wolves in Bywater, and Frodo Baggins saves him.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue"