The Squint-eyed Southerner's true name is unknown. It was rumored that he was a Half-orc and had been driven from Dunland. He was Saruman the White's agent and was put in charge of the negotiation and purchase of Pipe-weed and other supplies for Isengard during the war. His orders were also to penetrate the Shire further and learn of any departure of any important people recently. He was cornered with Bill Ferny in Tharbad by the Nazgûl, where out of fear for his own life, he betrayed Saruman's own secrets about knowledge of the Shire.
The Southerner was in league with Bill Ferny and met him in Bree where he told him who Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry were. He was seen in Ferny's house by the departing company as they were about to leave Bree. He was also called the Goblin man.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
- The squint's father appeared in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, as an assassin hired to kill Thorin II Oakenshield along with his partner Bill Ferny Sr..
- In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, he appears in Bree trying to persuade Harley Bramble to join the outlaws. Eradan, Andriel and Farin convince Bramble otherwise and the Southerner leaves, swearing vengeance. He is voiced by Steve Blum.
- ↑ Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, IV: "The Hunt for the Ring", Concerning Gandalf, Saruman, and the Shire
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XI: "A Knife in the Dark"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VIII: "The Scouring of the Shire"
- Squint-eyed Southerner Decipher card information