He was Saruman the White's agent and was put in charge of the negotiation and purchase of Pipe-weed and other supplies vital for survival of Isengard during war probably from Lotho Sackville-Baggins, who had allied himself with Saruman.
His orders were also to penetrate the Shire further and learn of any departure of any important people recently. He was cornered with Bill in Tharbad by the Nazgûl where out of fear for his own life, he betrayed Saruman's own secrets about knowledge of the Shire.
He 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 may have been amongst the Ruffians, many of which resembled him that backed Sharkey when he occupied the Shire. His fate in the Shire was probably death. He was also called the Goblin man.
It is possible that this character had Orc-blood as with was the case with the Half-orcs. Characters in the book suggest multiple times that the half-orcs and goblin-men are of the same race, or have the same appearance.
Aragorn suggests that the Southerner may have been working with both Saruman or the Black Riders or spying for them both.
- ↑ LOTR, pg, 174, pg 556
- ↑ Index; "Southerner, squint-eyed 155, 160, 165, 174, 179– 80, 181, 566, 1004."
- ↑ Unfinished Tales: "The Hunt for the Ring", "Concerning Gandalf, Saruman, and the Shire" pgs. 347-49
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: A Knife in the Dark pgs. 179-81
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: The Scouring of the Shire pg. 1015
- Squint-eyed Southerner Decipher card information