The Return of the King

The Return of the King


J. R. R. Tolkien

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Robin Smallburrow Character Analysis

Robin Smallburrow is one of the hobbit guards who attempts to escort Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin to the Chief’s residence for punishment. Sam recognizes him and takes him aside, scolding him for his foolishness in working for the Chief. Through Robin, Sam learns that the guards have no choice but to assist the Chief, though most of them would be willing to rebel under the right conditions.
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Robin Smallburrow Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Robin Smallburrow appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 6, Chapter 8
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
Sam recognizes one of the guards and takes him aside. He tells the guard— Robin Smallburrow —that he should have more sense than to follow the Chief’s orders. Robin replies that... (full context)