• I knew that danger lay ahead, of course; but I did not expect to meet it in our own Shire. Can't a hobbit walk from the Water to the River in peace?" "But it is not your own Shire," said Gildor. "Others dwelt here before hobbits were; and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more. The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.

    J. R. R. Tolkien (2009). “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King”, p.76, HarperCollins UK