Saruman sends agents to the Shire and Bree
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Last meeting of the White Council.... Saruman withdraws to Isengard, which he takes as his own, and fortifies it. Being jealous and afraid of Gandalf he sets spies to watch all his movements; and notes his interest in the Shire. He soon begins to keep agents in Bree and the Southfarthing.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
Saruman... had begun to feel certain that in some way the Shire was connected with the Ring in Gandalf's mind. Why this strong guard upon it? He therefore began to collect detailed information about the Shire, its chief persons and families, its roads, and other matters. For this he used Hobbits within the Shire, in the pay of the Bracegirdles and the Sackville-Bagginses, but his agents were Men, of Dunlendish origin.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 4, The Hunt for the Ring: Other Versions of the Story
Elena Tiriel 16May05, 24Oct05