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‘This is what it is, Mr. Baggins,’ said the leader of the Shirriffs, a two-feather hobbit: ‘You’re arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearing up of Rules, and Assaulting Gate-keepers, and Trespassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings without Leave, and Bribing Guards With Food.’

The Return of the King

Hobbit Shirriffs are NPCs found in roughly 1 in 4 taverns in the Shire and can be distinguished from bounders by their hat, (which is of a darker hue and has a green feather in it) and the silver coin they carry in their hand. From these distinguished Hobbits, you can hire bounders to fight for you, which is done as it is for any other unit (see here for more details).


The shirriff will usually stay inside the building they spawn in, and will seldom go outside. If you have negative alignment with them, they will not attack you, however, if you attack them, they will fight back with an iron dagger.


Since you only need a Hobbits alignment of +50 to start hiring bounders, they are a good unit to hire early on in the game. Below are listed the hire-able units from a Hobbit shirriff, as well as their alignment requirement and cost in silver coins.

Upon hiring a unit from a Hobbit shirriff, the player earns the achievement "On Duty"

Unit Unpledged Cost (Silver Coins) Pledged Cost (Silver Coins) Alignment Required (Hobbit) Requires Pledge (Hobbit)
Hobbit Bounder 20-40 ( 20  to  40 ) 10-20 ( 10  to  20 ) +50 No
Mounted Hobbit Bounder 40-80 ( 40  to  80 ) 20-40 ( 20  to  40 ) +100 No



  • Would you like to hire some Bounders, Person?
  • I can lend you some of my Bounders for a small sum of coins.
  • Are you looking to hire some well-trained Hobbits, Person?
  • Hobbit Bounders are very well-trained lawkeepers, and my Bounders are the best of the best!
  • If you bring me some silver coins, I may be able to spare a Bounders or two for your service.
  • You're a very decent fellow for one of the Big Folk, Person.
  • I've heard tales of your good deeds, Person. If you want a fine force of lawkeepers, just bring me some silver coins!
  • Good day, Person. I have many fine Bounders for hire.
  • Looking to hire some Bounders, friend? Just bring me a few silver coins.
  • How long have I been in this tavern, you ask? Well that's none of your business!
  • This ale is delicious! Oh - hello again, Person.
  • Good day, Person! May the hair on your toes never fall out.
  • Don't worry, I am supposed to be in this here tavern... yes, I'm off-duty. Yes, that's it. Off you go!
  • If you have the coins, I can offer you some of my finest Bounders.
  • I have some fine Bounders for hire if you're interested!
  • My hobbits are the best lawkeepers in the entire farthing!
  • Do you want to join me and have some ale, or do you want to hire some of my fine Bounders?
  • Even I need a break now and then. Keeping the law is a tough job, Person.


  • Good day, Person. Have I seen you around these parts before?
  • If you're looking to hire Bounders, you'll have to earn a bit of prestige first.
  • You're looking to hire my Bounders? Firstly, you're one of the Big Folk, and secondly, I haven't even heard of you!
  • Good day, Person.
  • You don't look like you're from around these parts, Person.
  • How are things in the Shire today, Person?
  • You shan't be hiring any of my Bounders until I know I can trust you a bit more!
  • And what are you after, Person? You'll have to prove I can trust you if you want to hire my Bounders.
  • Don't worry, I'm supposed to be in this here tavern... yes, I'm off-duty. Yes, that's it.
  • Even we Shirriffs have to have some time off, Person!
  • No, I'm not drunk, Person. Not drunk at all.
  • This ale is delicious! Oh - what do you want?
  • How long have I been in this tavern, you ask? Well that's none of your business!
  • Hello, Person! You're a new face in this farthing. I've not seen you before.
  • If you want some of my fine Hobbits to serve you, you'll have to do some more favours for the folk here first, Person.
  • I've not seen you before!
  • I've not seen one of you Big Folk for a while.
  • You'll need to do more good deeds if you want some of my Bounders, Person.


  • And what do you think you're up to, Person?
  • Troublemaker! We don't tolerate you in these parts!
  • Get out of the Shire, Person!
  • Get out of the Shire!
  • I'll be reporting you to my old Gaffer!
  • Stay away from the Shire!
  • You're pushing your luck, coming into these parts.
  • So you're one of these troublemakers I've been hearing about. Stay away, Person!
  • Uncouth folk like you aren't welcome here, Person!
  • Just what do you think you're doing coming into the Shire, Person?
  • By the feather in my hat, I'll put a stop to your mischief!
  • I will not allow you to cause mischief here, Person! Leave the Shire!
  • I knew you were up to no good!
  • We do not appreciate troublemakers such as you in the Shire!
  • Stop causing trouble or you'll have trouble with me, Person!
  • Don't think you can get away with your mischief, Person!


Before Update 36, Shirriffs were called "Shirriff Chiefs", and Bounders were called "Shirriffs".

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NPCs: Hobbit (Farmhand, Bounder)
Traders: BartenderFarmerOrcharderShirriff
Items: Leather HatMarriage RingPebblePipeSling
Blocks: Crafting TableOven
Structures: BurrowFarmHoleHousePicnic BenchTavernWindmill

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