The innkeeper of the Prancing Pony, Barliman Butterbur is a jolly and round-faced man who is constantly in high spirits. He goes out of his way to help Frodo and his companions when they come to Bree, ensuring they are sheltered and well fed, even when his inn is all but full.
Old Barliman is an excellent judge of character and, as they say in Bree, can even see through a brick wall in time. Even when events in Bree grow dark, and Sharkey’s Ruffians are commonplace in Bree and the Shire, Barliman remains loyal to his friends and other good-natured folk, though he will not hesitate to give troublemakers a swift clonk round the head with his cudgel if needs be.
Harry Goatleaf is an old man of Bree, and has held the position of Gatekeeper for many years within the village. It is the job of the Gatekeeper to keep an eye on those who enter the village and to ask questions after nightfall of those he does not know in order to keep troublemakers and unsavoury-looking folk at bay. Though his role within Bree was originally for the good of the people, Harry Goatleaf was eventually turned by greed, joining Sharkey’s cause in bullying the Hobbits of the Shire.
Formerly a weak and frail pony belonging to Bill Ferny, Bill the Pony was enlisted into The Fellowship in order to carry their provisions and was cared for well by those he served, giving him a new lease of life. Sam was especially fond of Bill and would defend him courageously should the need arise.
This highly detailed multipart resin kit builds one Barliman Butterbur, one Harry Goatleaf and one Bill the Pony and is supplied with two Citadel 25mm Round Slotta Bases and one Citadel 40mm Round Base. Rules for using these models in games can be found in The Quest of The Ringbearer supplement.
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