The Watch was a body of Hobbits responsible for maintaining the peace in the Shire. Its embers wore caps with feathers to distinguish themselves.
It consisted of the Shirriffs, a police force of twelve hobbits (three in each Farthing) responsible for 'Internal Work', and the Bounders, a larger body that guarded the borders of the Shire. The head of the Watch was the First Shirriff, a post attached to that of the Mayor of Michel Delving.
During Saruman's occupation, the body was greatly increased by him and the Chief.
 See also
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Of the Ordering of the Shire"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"