From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury
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‘He is one of the wandering folk
Rangers we call them. He seldom talks: not but what he can tell a rare tale when
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)