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I have been considering the nicknames given to the Masters of Buckland (Brandybuck of Buckland Famiily Tree), and I am wondering about Saradoc's: Scattergold.'

Saradoc's father, the reknowned Rorimac, was called 'Goldfather.' I'm assuming this means he either had a talent for making money or that he horded it. Certainly it seems to imply wealth in any case.

So if Saradoc was tagged 'Scattergold,' does that mean he was wasteful in spending it or benevolent in bestowing it on those less fortunate?

What do you think?

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On 17th July 2007 00:18 (UTC), slightlytookish commented:
I personally prefer the idea that Saradoc was a very generous hobbit - but not wasteful. I just can't see him squandering the family money. Maybe a lot of that "scattering" went on after the Scouring, when parts of Buckland would have needed to be repaired or even rebuilt? I can see the wealthier families looking out for the poorer ones and chipping in to help them financially.
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On 17th July 2007 04:08 (UTC), elandulin replied:
Thank you for this perspective. I guess it stands to reason, really. Merry is such a stand-up guy, and he wouldn't have be if he hadn't grown up in a house where people modeled such values. I'm with you--I like to think hobbits are decent folk who help each other (with some glaring exceptions!).
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