The innkeeper at Bree, Barliman Butterbur was a busy man who loved
to talk, but was often known to forget important things. He was
a good man, trusted by Gandalf, and by Strider (Aragorn). His inn, the Prancing Pony was well known as far away as Buckland in the Shire.
After the attack of the Nazgul, Butterbur paid twelve silver pennies for the pony named Bill to replace the ponies belonging to Meriadoc Brandybuck. Later it turned out that the ponies had returned to Tom Bombadil who sent them to Butterbur. So he got five ponies for the twelve pennies.
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