|Founder||Bucca of the Marish|
|Date founded||TA 1979|
|Race of members||Hobbits|
The Hobbitry-in-Arms was the militia of the Shire. The captain of the Hobbitry-in-Arms was the Thain, who summoned it at a Shire-Muster in times of emergency.
Near the end of the Third Age the existence of an armed hobbitry was largely a relic of harder times. Hobbits did not fight amongst themselves, and for many centuries they had been sheltered from the dangers of the outside world by the efforts of the Rangers, of which they were largely unaware. Their were a few battles that took place in within the borders of the Shire before the War of the Ring.
Sometime in TA 2747, the Hobbitry-in-arms was mobilised during the Battle of Greenfields where they fought against a colony of Mountain goblins that came from the north and attempted to take power over the freed lands in the south. The militia also fought in the Battle of Bywater against the Ruffians that were planning to take over the Shire under the leadership of Sharkey. What store of weapons remained in the Shire were trophies hanging on walls or displayed in the Mathom-house at Michel Delving.
During the War of the Ring, the Hobbitry-in-Arms was commanded by Paladin Took II, the Thain of the Shire, who gathered 1600 Hobbits to aid the Free-Folk against the armies of Mordor. On March 15, the second day of the battle at Pelennor Fields, Paladin led the Hobbitry-in-Arms to the ruin city of Osgiliath to eliminate the a number of enemies that were retreating.
- Bucca of the Marish (Founder)