From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury

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‘He is one of the wandering folk [Butterbur explains] - Rangers we call them. He seldom talks: not but what he can tell a rare tale when he
has the mind. He disappears for a month, or a year, and then he pops up again. What his right name is I’ve never heard: but he’s known
round here as Strider. Goes about at a great pace on his long shanks; though he don’t tell nobody what cause he has to hurry. But there’s
no accounting for East and West as we say in Bree, meaning the Rangers and the Shire­folk, begging your pardon.’ (FR, 168-9)