The Scouring of the Shire is the story of the return of the hobbits to the Shire after the defeat of Sauron. When Sam, Frodo, Merry, and Pippin return to the Shire, they discover that Lotho Sackville-Baggins has set up a dictatorship. What was once an idyllic land, resembling an idealized English country village, is being turned into an industrial wasteland. A mysterious figure called Sharkey, who turns out to by Saruman, accompanied by Wormtongue, turns out to have been behind the transformation.
The returning hobbits, who have faced the hosts of Mordor, are not intimidated by a few bullies, and manage to rally the Shire. Saruman tries to kill Frodo by stabbing him with a knife, but fails as the knife is turned aside by his mithril coat. Wormtongue kills Saruman. The hobbits then devote themselves to restoring the Shire.