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?
I've read a few fics that indicate he was a wastrel, but I believe it was generosity, and several commentators on the scholarly front agree with that. I also believe there was some indication in HoME (Return of the Shadow, I think, because it's fairly recent that I saw it.)
Hard to think of Merry's father being so pitiful, with such a fine son and also such a revered father in Old Rory. I think Tolkien would assume that decency begets decency. But I had to ask, because I didn't have any idea, canon-wise! :)