|Plainly, a hobbit, not a saint|
But on to our saints. Two men named Meriadoc are celebrated on this feast. Both were bishops of Vannes, in Brittany, France. One was as late as the the seventh century; the other in the thirteenth (died 1302). The latter was a hermit who was persuaded to give up his solitude and become a bishop. Apparently he was good at his job and merited sainthood.
|Old school Rankin Bass version|
Saint Meriadoc was born a Breton prince, but declined marriage to a fetching princess in order to become a priest. He proved to be a skilled healer, and then crossed the Channel to bring the Word to Cornwall. Although he was as handy at healing in Britain as he had been in Brittany, he found himself on the wrong side of King Teudar. Back to Brittany he went, taking up residence in a neighborhood called Rohan. He worked some weather, healed some lepers, brought a cool spring of clear, fresh water out of solid rock, and rained fire onto some bandits. Eventually, Meriadoc was prevailed upon to become the regional bishop, though he continued to wear a hair shirt and live austerely. Meriadoc became a favorite of the Viscount of Rohan; King Teudar would have done well to have welcomed the saint rather than driving him away.
|There's even an action figure.|
As far as I know, Tolkien fans don't have their own patron saint yet. I'd like to open nominations for the post. The chair recognizes the nomination of Saint Bishop Meriadoc of Vannes. Hearing no other nominations, Meriadoc is confirmed as the patron saint of LotRgeeks.