During one of The Lord of the Rings films I have a memory of a very curmudgeonly old hobbit, sweeping his porch or walk, I think, as he looks disapprovingly at some of the protagonists going down the road by his house.

Who is this old hobbit?

Does he have a part in the books?

  • I believe this question is equally appropriate on both sites.
    – Neithan
    Jul 29, 2017 at 21:56

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Odo Proudfoot

In the book, the character is named Odo Proudfoot, and the scene at Bilbo's party is very similar to the book. Why they would invent a new name when this film character does exactly the same things as the book character is odd.

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Everard Proudfoot

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He is a Hobbit invented for the films and is played by Noel Appleby.

I believe this is the scene that you are referring to:

Mr. Proudfoot was a grumpy old gaffer, who minded his own business and tended his garden. However, he enjoyed Gandalf's fireworks and only expressed his disapproval when his wife arrived. He was present at Bilbo's Farewell Party. He later met the four hobbits as they returned home from their journey.
Everard Proudfoot

While credited in the film as "Everard Proudfoot" it does seem that this character was based on Odo Proudfoot from the books.

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    Was I really the only one to think this was Farmer Maggot?
    – Voronwé
    Jul 30, 2017 at 0:58
  • lol - @Voronwë- probably - Farmer Magott didn't live in Hobbiton ;)
    – NKCampbell
    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:45
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    @Voronwë I probably have the latest answer because I spent about five minutes looking at the actor of Farmer Maggot and The photo below side by side trying to compare them.
    – Edlothiad
    Jul 30, 2017 at 7:13

Everard Proudfoot

If the old man you're talking about is the one pictured below, that Noel Appelby. He's credited as Everard Proudfoot on IMDB

Grumpy old man

The only one mention of an Everard in the Lord of the Rings and it is one Everard Took, so unfortunately this character does not feature in the books.

Master Everard Took and Miss Melilot Brandybuck got on a table and with bells in their hands began to dance the Springle-ring: a pretty dance, but rather vigorous.

It may be worth noting that originally his name was Prospero Took that was later changed to Everard

The young Took who danced on the table changes his name from Prospero to Everard

It would seem that although this first scene of the character is invented, the later on of our friendly Everard Proudfoot stamping his feet (as noted in @NKCampbell's answer) is in fact based on old Odo Proudfoot. Who is in fact Frodo's maternal Grandmother's aunt's son.

As per the request from OP below is the footage from which I took the screencap:

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    This image is perfect. Exactly as I saw myself looking out the window of my favorite Wicker Park burger place while the chaos of the street festival is happening outside.
    – 1252748
    Jul 29, 2017 at 22:08
  • He does in fact smile later.
    – Edlothiad
    Jul 29, 2017 at 22:09
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    Ahem...Proud feet! Also, is I think bad that I thought this was a woman all these years?
    – Recelica
    Jul 29, 2017 at 22:22
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    Umm most likely, considering his wife comes up behind him!
    – Edlothiad
    Jul 29, 2017 at 22:24
  • I always thought that was 'her' friend or relative. After all, she does appear to be quite a bit younger.
    – Recelica
    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:43

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