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The inn's sign, from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Prancing Pony (i.e. the Inn of the Prancing Pony) was an inn in Bree where Frodo Baggins, Sam, Pippin, and Merry first met the Strider.


The Prancing Pony was an inn in the village of Bree, capital of the land of the same name. It was based inside the central hub of the town near the 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 they had even built hobbit rooms specialty for them. 

In the years leading up to the fabled Quest for Erebor, Gandalf the Grey met up with Thorin Oakenshield in the inn by chance. Thorin, who wished to slay the dragon of Smaug and reclaim his kingdom of the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) and retain his rightful place as King under the Mountain. Gandalf met him there and he, who also wanted Smaug dead for reasons of his own, aided Thorin in finding a burglar, and fourteenth member of his company.[1]

At this time the inn was run by a man named Barliman Butterbur, and the hobbits arrived days later to meet him. They met Aragorn, left there by Gandalf, who helped them along the road in the next day. However that night the room they were supposed to be staying in was attacked by the Nazgûl, but they had luckily and cunningly moved rooms. The hobbits and Aragorn made off through the Low-lands the next day.[2][3]

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Mere days before the hobbits Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck arrived in the Prancing Pony on their quest to bring the Ring to Rivendell in 3018, some 60 years after the events leading up to The Quest for Erebor, the Ranger Eradan, the elf Andriel, and the dwarf Farin all met up with Aragorn, chieftain of the rangers, to plan out a raid on Fornost in order to distract them from joining in on the hunt with The Nazgûl.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) O Pônei Saltitante
Portuguese (Portugal) O Garrano Empinado
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) El Póney Pisador
Italian Il Puledro Impennato
French Le Poney Fringant
German Zum Tänzelnden Pony
Hungarian Pajkos Póni
Chinese (Hong Kong) 躍馬旅店
Finnish Pomppiva Poni
Dutch De Steigerende Pony
Russian Гарцующий Пони
Norwegian Den dansende Ponni
Den steilende ponni




  1. Unfinished Tales: The Quest of Erebor
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"

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