He had a large turnip-field and mushrooms grew abundantly on his land. Farmer Maggot often had to deal with Hobbits, like Frodo Baggins, stealing his mushrooms and was ferocious to trespassers. Farmer Maggot was married and had at least two sons and three daughters and many others belonging to the farm. He owned three dogs, Grip, Fang and Wolf, and used them to chase off any trespassers. His family served Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, and Peregrin Took supper when they accidentally trespassed on their farm. Maggot later drove the Hobbits to Bucklebury ferry in his wagon, meeting Merry Brandybuck on the road. A Black Rider came to Farmer Maggot and tried to bribe him to give him news of a hobbit by the name of "Baggins".
He was known to be acquainted with Tom Bombadil, who had a great deal of respect for him.
According to Tolkien, maggot was an old Hobbitish name lost in history and its meaning unknown. It may be a reference to the english word maggot or grub, and may have connections with the Marish's fertile and boggy land in which maggots or grubs feed on.
Farmer Maggot was seen in The Fellowship of the Ring, and his voice is heard yelling at Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took for stealing from his fields. In the film his crops appeared to include corn as well as other vegetables.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil"