The Prancing Pony was based inside the central hub of the town, near stables and various merchant stalls. Since Bree was built on the major road of the Greenway, it was a fairly well-traveled inn, and was so accustomed to hobbits that designated hobbit-rooms had been built. Barliman Butterbur was the inkeeper at the time of the War of the Ring. Nob and Bob were two hobbits that worked under him: Nob was a general servant, and Bob was as a ostler, tending to the horses and ponies.
In the years leading up to the fabled Quest for Erebor, Gandalf the Grey met up with Thorin Oakenshield at The Prancing Pony by chance. Thorin wished to slay Smaug the dragon and claim his rightful title of King under the Mountain. Gandalf spoke with him and then would aid him in finding a burglar.
Frodo Baggins stayed at this inn in TA 3018 while traveling to Rivendell with his three companions, having been told by Gandalf to meet him there. They encountered Aragorn ("Strider"), and allowed him to join their company. On the night of their stay, the hobbits feared the Black Riders who had been searching for them, so they avoided sleeping in their rooms, and stayed with Aragorn. That night, their rooms were indeed searched and ravaged by some of the Ringwraiths. The hobbits and Aragorn made off through the Lowlands the next day.
Appearances in filmEdit
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Extended Edition)
- In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy a fantasy novel by Tolkien's good friend C.S. Lewis published the same year as The Lord of the Rings, Bree is the name of a "prancing pony" who could talk.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Catalan||El Poni Encabritat|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||躍馬旅店|
|Czech||U Skákavého poníka|
|Danish||Den Spankulerende Pony|
|Dutch||De Steigerende Pony|
|French||Le Poney Fringant|
|German||Zum Tänzelnden Pony|
|Italian||Il Puledro Impennato|
|Norwegian||Den dansende Ponni|
Den steilende ponni
|Polish||Pod Rozbrykanym Kucykiem|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||O Pônei Saltitante|
|Portuguese (Portugal)||O Garrano Empinado|
|Romanian||Poneiul În Două Picioare|
|Spanish (Spain and Latin America)||El Póney Pisador|
|Turkish (Türkçe)||Sıçrayan Midilli|
|Yiddish||די פּראַנסינג פּאָני|