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The films brought us a dark and evil Bree — but Tolkien calls it “friendly” and “familiar”! And Barliman Butterbur has a simple cameo. And then nearly the entire “Strider” chapter is removed–we have no real information on him by the time the Hobbits leave Bree with him in the films!

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* The missed opportunity of Barliman Butterbur’s Brewery
* Nob’s a Hobbit… but is Bob?!
* Merry survived the black breath in Bree WITHOUT athelas… how?
* What’s Celebrimbor’s fate in The Rings of Power?

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