Fond as he was of Frodo, Fatty Bolger had no desire to leave the Shire, nor to see what lay outside it...[snip]...he had never been over the Brandywine Bridge. His task, according to the original plans of the conspirators, was to stay behind and deal with inquisitive folk, and to keep up as long as possible the pretence that Mr. Baggins was still living at Crickhollow. He had even brought along some old clothes of Frodo's to help him in playing the part. They little thought how dangerous that part might prove.
There have been a number of discussions about "unsung heros", as well as our many gripes about the wonderful characters who were not included in PJ's LotR movies. It strikes me that Fatty Bolger rarely gets mentioned, yet his role did indeed prove to be fraught with danger, even later on when the Shire was invaded by Saruman's ruffians:
The day after the battle Frodo rode to Michel Delving and released the prisoners from the Lockholes. One of the first that they found was poor Fredegar Bolger, Fatty no longer. He had been taken when the ruffians smoked out a band of rebels that he led from their hidings up in the Brockenbores by the hills of Scary.
RotK -Chapter 9: The Grey Havens
What happened to change Fatty from the somewhat timerous hobbit he is at the beginning to a rebel leader?
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