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Sandyman the Miller

Location(s): Hobbiton

Race/Species: Hobbit

Title(s): the miller of Hobbiton

Dates: end of Third Age

Children: Ted Sandyman

Description:

'Drownded?' said several voices. ... 'Well, so they say,' said the Gaffer. ... 'Mr. Drogo ... went out boating on the Brandywine River; and he and his wife were drownded, and poor Mr. Frodo only a child and all.'

'I've heard they went on the water after dinner in the moonlight,' said Old Noakes; 'and it was Drogo's weight as sunk the boat.'

'And I heard she pushed him in, and he pulled her in after him,' said Sandyman, the Hobbiton miller.

'You shouldn't listen to all you hear, Sandyman,' said the Gaffer, who did not much like the miller. ... 'Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 1, A Long-expected Party

[The] Gaffer did not convince his audience. The legend of Bilbo's wealth was now too firmly fixed in the minds of the younger generation of hobbits.

'Ah, but he has likely enough been adding to what he brought at first,' argued the miller, voicing common opinion. 'He's often away from home. And look at the outlandish folk that visit him: dwarves coming at night, and that old wandering conjuror, Gandalf, and all. You can say what you like, Gaffer, but Bag End's a queer place, and its folk are queerer.'

'And you can say what you like, about what you know no more of than you do of boating, Mr. Sandyman,' retorted the Gaffer, disliking the miller even more than usual.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 1, A Long-expected Party

'Take Sandyman's mill now. Pimple knocked it down almost as soon as he came to Bag End. Then he brought in a lot o' dirty-looking Men to build a bigger one and fill it full o' wheels and outlandish contraptions. Only that fool Ted was pleased by that, and he works there cleaning wheels for the Men, where his dad was the Miller and his own master.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire

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Elena Tiriel 22Aug06

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