In J. R. R. Tolkien
's legendarium, Hobbits
are a fictional race related to Men
. They first appear in The Hobbit
and play an important role in the The Lord of the Rings
This is a list of hobbits that are mentioned by name in Tolkien's works. They are ordered alphabetically by first name. In cases where a hobbit’s family name was changed, usually through marriage, their original family name is given in parentheses. Nicknames are given in quotation marks.
Note that the years are given in years of the Third Age (unless otherwise noted), and not according to Shire Reckoning.
One line from The Hobbit includes Bilbo's assumption that Gandalf is "responsible for so many hobbit lads and lasses" (emphasis added) going on adventures.
Adamanta (Chubb) Took
: Wife of Gerontius Took
and mother of Isengrim III Took
, Hildigard Took
, Isumbras IV Took
, Hildigrim Took
, Isembold Took
, Hildilfons Took
, Isembard Took
, Hildibrand Took
, Belladonna Baggins
, Donnamira Boffin
, Mirabella Brandybuck
, and Isengar Took
: (2880–2982) Son of Hildigrim Took
and Rosa Took
. Father of Paladin II Took
, Esmeralda Brandybuck
, and three unnamed daughters. He was Bilbo's first cousin on his father's side (and Bilbo's mother's side) and Bilbo's second cousin on his mother's side (and Bilbo's father's side), making him an excellent example of the complicated kinship relationships among Hobbits.
: (2928–) Son of Flambard Took
and father of Reginard Took
, Everard Took
, and three unnamed daughters. Bilbo gave him an umbrella as a gift after the farewell party, noting that Adelard had taken many in the past.
Andwise "Andy" Roper
: The eldest brother of Hamfast Gamgee
and uncle to Samwise Gamgee
. The latter refers to him a few times in The Lord of the Rings
. His profession, as befitted his name, was rope-making.
: (2981–?) Daughter of Ponto Baggins
. Noted for her vanity. Received a mirror from Bilbo after the farewell party.
: (2767–c. 2863) is the first recorded Baggins, and the ancestor of the Baggins family of Hobbiton. He married Berylla Boffin and had five children: Mungo
, and Lily
- ''Note on Balbo's dates: In the published Baggins genealogy only Balbo's birthdate is shown, but by looking at his children it is possible to estimate his deathdate.
Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took
: (2704–2806) led the defence against the orcs
of Mt. Gram led by Golfimbul
at the Battle of Greenfields. He was known for his exceptionally large stature for a Hobbit (he could ride a horse), although he was later surpassed by his descendant Pippin and Pippin's friend Merry Brandybuck. He was the son of Thain Isengrim II
. He was the younger of two sons, and his older brother Ferumbras succeeded to the Thainship. He was also known for knocking the head off of the leader of the orcs at the Battle of Greenfields, and having it land in a rabbit hole, inventing the sport of golf.
Bill Butcher: The butcher of Michel Delving in the poem Perry-the-Winkle. It is unclear whether the character in the poem was based on a historical hobbit or was a made up person within the story.
: Brother of Marcho
, founder of the Shire in 1601.
Bowman "Nick" Cotton:
Bucca of the Marish
: founded the family of the Oldbucks, after settling in the later Eastfarthing
. Also the first Thain
: (2846–2926) was the father of Bilbo. He was also the builder of Bag End
. He and his wife Belladonna (née Took
) lived there until the end of their days. He had a brother named Bingo
Carl "Nibs" Cotton:
Daisy (Baggins) Boffin
: (2950–?) was a cousin of Frodo Baggins. She was the daughter of Drogo's brother Dudo. She married Griffo Boffin
Daisy (Gamgee): (2972–?) Sister of Samwise.
Daisy (Gardner): Daughter of Samwise.
Diamond "of Long Cleeve" Took
: (2995–?) became the wife of Thain Peregrin Took
in the 6th year of the Fourth Age. She is possibly one of the North-Tooks, descended from Bandobras Took (aka Bullroarer). She had one son Faramir, named for a Steward of Gondor
). Her date of death is not known, but some people assume Diamond probably died sometime before the year 63 of the Fourth Age
when Pippin left the Shire
to live in Gondor
Donnamira (Took) Boffin:
Dora (Baggins): Sister of Drogo, noted for dispensing advice in her letters.
Drogo Baggins: Married Primula (Brandybuck), father of Frodo Baggins
Dudo Baggins: (2911–3009)
Estella (Bolger) Brandybuck
: (2985–?) was the sister of Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger, the companion that Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam left behind in Crickhollow at the start of The Fellowship of the Ring
. She married Master Meriadoc Brandybuck
of Buckland, and had at least one son. Estella probably died sometime before the year 63 of the Fourth Age when Merry left the Shire
to live in Gondor
Fastred of Greenholm:
Ferumbras II Took:
Ferumbras III Took
: (2916–3015), while not otherwise particularly famous, was Thain at the time of the Farewell party of Bilbo Baggins
at the beginning of The Lord of the Rings
. He was the son of Fortinbras Took II (2878–2980, a cousin of Bilbo) and Lalia Clayhanger. He never married because no one wanted Lalia for a mother-in-law.
Fíriel Fairbairn: Daughter of Elanor Gardner and Fastred of Greenholm. One of the Fairbairns of Undertowers, the Wardens of Westmarch.
: Friend of Frodo Baggins
. Folco helped Frodo prepare to leave Bag End
and was at his birthday feast before Frodo went on his quest in 3018.
Fortinbras I Took:
Fortinbras II Took:
: (–?) Second child and first son of Samwise
and Rose Gardner
. Frodo Gardner had at least one child, his son Holfast
Gerontius "The Old" Took
: was the second oldest Hobbit in the Shire's history. The twenty sixth Thain of the Shire, he ruled for 72 years, and died at the age of 130. He was particular friends with Gandalf, and was a direct ancestor to the majority of the famous Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings
. He married Adamanta Chubb and had twelve children; nine sons: Isengrim III, Hildigard, Isumbras IV, Hildigrim (great-grandfather to Peregrin Took
& Meriadoc Brandybuck
), Isembold, Hildifons, Isembard, Hildibrand (great-grandfather to Fredegar Bolger
), and Isengar; and three daughters: Belladonna (mother to Bilbo Baggins
), Donnamira (great-grandmother to Folco Boffin
), and Mirabella (grandmother to Frodo Baggins
Gilly (Brownlock) Baggins:
Goldilocks (Gardner) Took
: (–?) was the third daughter of Master Samwise Gamgee
and his wife Rose Cotton. In F.A. 42, she married Faramir Took, son of Peregrin Took
, Thain of the Shire. Faramir became Thain in F.A. 63, when his father left for Gondor.
Gorbadoc "Broadbelt" Brandybuck:
Gorhendad (Oldbuck) Brandybuck
: Eleventh Thain of the Oldbuck line. He led the colonisation of Buckland
, and renamed himself to Brandybuck
Gormadoc "Deepdelver" Brandybuck
: (2734–2836) Master of Buckland until his death, and an ancestor of both Frodo Baggins
and Meriadoc Brandybuck.
Hanna (Goldworthy) Brandybuck:
Hamfast "Ham / Gaffer / Old" Gamgee
: The father of Samwise Gamgee
. He married Bell Goodchild
, with whom he had six children, including Samwise, and lived at number three Bagshot Row in the Shire
. He was a gardener
on the Baggins
property at Bag End
for many years. He was frequently consulted for his knowledge of root vegetables, generally over a pint at The Green Dragon
, an inn at Bywater. Early in The Fellowship of the Ring
, he unintentionally tells a Nazgûl
had left Bag End, putting Frodo in danger. He also plays a minor role in The Return of the King
. Samwise, after adopting the name Gardner, named one of his children after Hamfast.
Hamfast Gardner: A son of Samwise Gamgee.
Hamfast of Gamwich:
Hildigrim Took: (2840–2941)
Hob "Old Gammidgy" Gammidge:
Hobson "Roper" Gamgee:
Holman "Long Hom" Cotton:
Holman "the greenhanded":
: A borrower (but not returner) of books. He is noteworthy for having received a bookcase from Bilbo as a mathom on the latter's eleventy-first birthday. Hugo is also a nephew of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins
(nee Bracegirdle) and first cousin to Lotho Sackville-Baggins
Isengrim II Took:
Isengrim III Took:
Isumbras III Took:
Isumbras IV Took:
The second of Tolman Cotton's four sons. Wilcome 'Jolly' Cotton had been a childhood friend of Sam Gamgee. During the War of the Ring, he helped defend his father's farm against Sharkey's Men, and played his part in helping free the Shire.
Katrin A. Alison
Katie L. Mimick
Ketrina A. Flomberg
Lalia (Clayhanger) Took
: (2883–3002) was the wife of Thain Fortinbras Took II. She married in 2914, and her son Ferumbras
was born two years later. Ferumbras never married, reportedly because nobody wanted Lalia as a mother-in-law. Lalia was so fat she couldn't walk and was confined to a wheelchair: she was widely known as Lalia the Great
(or sometimes the Fat
). In 3002 her attendant, Pearl Took
, accidentally tipped Lalia out of her wheelchair into her garden, and she died. (Lalia isn't on the Took family tree published in The Lord of the Rings
, but she is mentioned in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Laura (Grubb) Baggins
: (2814–2916) was the grandmother of Bilbo Baggins. She was the wife of Mungo Baggins. Besides Bungo, she had four other children; Belba
, Longo, Linda, and Bingo
. Upon the death of her husband she became head of the family. When she died she was succeeded by her eldest son, Bungo
Lily (Baggins) Goodbody:
Lily (Brown) Cotton:
Lobelia (Bracegirdle) Sackville-Baggins
: (c. 2918–3020) married Otho
, and had a son, Lotho. Portrayed as unpleasant and grasping, Lobelia's principal ambition was to acquire the manor smial of Bag End
for her family. A first attempt was made during Bilbo's
journey to Erebor
, as Lobelia's husband, Otho, was Bilbo's first cousin and heir
at law, and Bilbo was widely believed to be dead. This attempt was foiled when Bilbo returned during an auction of Bag End's contents. However, much of Bilbo's silverware vanished during his absence; when Bilbo left the Shire permanently, he gave Lobelia a box of silver spoons labeled "For Lobelia, from Cousin Bilbo, as a present
." Years later, after Otho's death, Lobelia finally obtained title to Bag End when Frodo sold it to her below fair market value
, as he was in a rush to leave the Shire with the One Ring
. A shift in Lobelia's character occurs when Frodo is away on his quest. Lobelia opposed Saruman's ruffians, verbally and physically, and was imprisoned in the Lockholes of Michel Delving
for her actions. This feat earned her popularity among the Shire-folk for the first time in her life. Freed after the Scouring of the Shire
but greatly weakened, Lobelia deeded Bag End back to Frodo, ending the generation-long feud between Bilbo and Frodo and the Sackville-Bagginses. Devastated by her son Lotho's murder, Lobelia moved back with her original family, the Bracegirdles of Hardbottle. She died in 3020, and was over 100 years old. She bequeathed what remained of her money to helping hobbits made homeless during Saruman's regime.
Longo Baggins: (2860–2950)
Lotho "Pimple" Sackville-Baggins
: He was called "Pimple" because of his complexion. He became an accomplice of Saruman
during the War of the Ring
. Trading pipeweed
with Saruman for money, he began buying land in the Southfarthing, where Men
were stationed. With the aid of these Ruffians
, Lotho was able to depose and imprison Will Whitfoot
, the Shire's lawful mayor, and declared himself Chief Shirriff. Under his command the Shire was industrialised. Lotho began to call himself The Boss
. However, Lotho was soon stripped of his power, and Saruman took over. Saruman's servant Gríma Wormtongue
killed Lotho, and either buried Lotho—or ate him.
Madoc "Proudneck" Brandybuck: (2775–2877)
Malva "Headstrong" Brandybuck
: (c. 2738–2839) was the first female hobbit to be recorded on the hobbit genealogies. She married Gormadoc Brandybuck
and had three sons: Madoc, Sadoc
, and Marroc.
: Brother of Blanco
, founder of the Shire in 1601.
Marigold (Gamgee) Cotton:
Marmadoc "Masterful" Brandybuck:
Marroc Brandybuck: (c. 2783–?)
May (Gamgee): (2928–?)
May (Gamgee): (2976–?)
Menegilda (Goold) Brandybuck:
Mimosa (Bunce) Baggins:
Mirabella (Took) Brandybuck:
: (2807–2900) was the grandfather of Bilbo Baggins. Mungo was the eldest son of Balbo Baggins
and Berylla Boffin Baggins
. Mungo had four younger siblings: Pansy, Ponto, Largo, and Lily. Mungo married Laura Grubb
and had five children.
: (2910–3012) though his father was a Baggins, he inherited headship of the Sackville family through his mother, Camellia. Thus, Otho effectively founded a new family: Sackville-Baggins. He was Bilbo Baggins
' first cousin
and closest living heir, and therefore, his ambition was to succeed Bilbo as head of the Baggins family and be head of two families at once. With his formidable wife, Lobelia, he attempted to seize Bag End
for his own during Bilbo's extended absence while accompanying Thorin
's dwarves to Erebor
. However, this was foiled when Bilbo reappeared during an auction of Bag End's contents by the firm of Grubb, Grubb & Burrowes. Otho was later infuriated by Bilbo adopting Frodo Baggins
, a more distant relative, as his heir, and scrutinized Bilbo's will for any irregularities under Shire ink laws. Otho died between the time of Bilbo's Long Expected Party and Frodo's departure to Bree
. Accordingly, he never enjoyed the luxuries of Bag End when Lobelia finally took ownership.
Paladin II Took
: Father of Pippin Took
. When Lotho Sackville-Baggins
took over the Shire, Paladin, as Thain
, resisted him, and refused to acknowledge his rule. This led to skirmishing between the Tooks and the ruffians. Ultimately, Paladin sends his son Pippin with a force of Tooks to aid in the Battle of Bywater.
Pansy (Baggins) Bolger:
: (2975–?) was the eldest sister of Peregrin "Pippin" Took
. She also had two sisters named Pimpernel and Pervinca. Pearl probably died sometime before the year 63 of the Fourth Age
when Pippin left the Shire to live in Gondor. In The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
it is mentioned that she was the caretaker of the Took matriarch Lalia Clayhanger-Took at the time of her "fatal fall", and might have been responsible for it, a feat for which she was lauded by the other Tooks.
Peony (Baggins) Burrows:
Poppy (Chubb-Baggins) Bolger:
Prisca (Baggins) Bolger:
Robin "Cock-robin" Smallburrow:
Robin Smallburrow is the Sherrif in the area of Bywater.
Rorimac "Goldfather / Old Rory" Brandybuck:
Rosamunda (Took) Bolger
: Mother of Fredegar Bolger
and Estella Bolger
, she married Odovacar Bolger
of Budge Ford. A descendant of the Old Took
, Rosamunda was the second cousin
of the Thain, Paladin Took
and his sister Esmeralda Brandybuck
Rose "Rosie" (Cotton) Gardner
: (2984–). Daughter of Tolman Cotton
and Lily Brown
and sister of Tolman (Tom), Wilcome (Jolly), Bowman (Nick), and Carl (Nibs). Rosie was a long-time friend of Samwise Gamgee
, and they were married in 3020 when Sam returned home after the War of the Ring
. Sam and Rosie had thirteen children (Elanor, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, Tolman (Tom)). Many were named after Sam and Rosie's friends and relatives. Among them were Elanor the Fair, Frodo Gardner, and Goldilocks. Rosie died in the year 61 of the Fourth Age. Sam then left Middle-earth for the Undying Lands
later that year. 'Cotton' in Hobbitish is 'Hlothran'. In the film trilogy Rosie lives at 10 Bagshot Row and is played by Sarah McLeod
"I think the simple 'rustic' love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the chief hero's) character, and to the theme of the relation of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, begetting) and quests, sacrifice, causes, and the 'longing for Elves', and sheer beauty." - J. R. R. Tolkien letter dated 1951
Rose: Daughter of Holman the greenhanded.
Rose (Gardner): Second daughter of Samwise.
Ruby (Bolger) Baggins:
Sadoc Brandybuck: (2779–?)
Salvia (Brandybuck) Bolger:
Tanta (Hornblower) Baggins:
: Ted Sandyman is a miller in Hobbiton. When first Lotho and then Saruman
take control of the Shire, he is persuaded to make "improvements" to it, which many hobbits considered to be ugly, and which may have done little to increase its power. He supports many of the changes made by Saruman.
Tobold "Old Toby" Hornblower
: Tobold Hornblower is the first person to domesticate in Middle-earth pipe-weed, which he does in 2670. This development leads to its cultivation in the Southfarthing
, and the pipe-weed, known as Longbottom Leaf from the city where Hornblower was from, becomes an important product of the Shire and is widely regarded as the finest pipe-weed. This was shown by the fact that Saruman imports barrels of it to Isengard
Tolman "Tom" Gardner:
Tolman "Young Tom" Cotton:
Wilcome "Jolly" Cotton:
Wilcome "Will" Cotton:
List of hobbit families