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.
Adalgrim 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.
Adelard Took: (2928–F.A. 2) 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.
Angelica Baggins: (2981–?) Daughter of Ponto Baggins. Noted for her vanity. Received a mirror from Bilbo after the farewell party.
Balbo Baggins (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, Pansy, Ponto, Largo, 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): The younger son of Isumbras III, Bandobras was known for his exceptionally large stature for a Hobbit (he stood 4' 5"(135 cm) and could ride a horse), although he was later surpassed by his descendant Pippin and Pippin's friend Merry Brandybuck. He led the defence against the orcs of Mt. Gram led by Golfimbul at the Battle of Greenfields. He is said to have knocked Golfimbul's head off with a blow from his club and sent it flying into a rabbit hole a hundred yards away, and is thus credited with both winning the battle and inventing the sport of golf. While his older brother Ferumbras succeeded to the Thainship, he fathered many descendants, including the North-tooks of Long Cleeve.
Bodo Proudfoot: Husband of Linda Baggins, father of Odo Proudfoot.
Bowman "Nick" Cotton: Brother of Rose Cotton.
Bucca of the Marish: An early inhabitant of what would become the Eastfarthing, Bucca founded the Oldbuck clan. He was chosen to be the first Thain in 1979.
Bungo Baggins (2846–2926): Bungo was the "solid and comfortable" father (see The Hobbit, ch. 1) 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.
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 (see Faramir). 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.
Dinodas Brandybuck: A guest at Bilbo's farewell party.
Doderic Brandybuck: A guest at Bilbo's farewell party.
Donnamira (Took) Boffin: A daughter of Gerontius, The Old Took.
Dora (Baggins): Sister of Drogo, noted for dispensing advice in her letters.
Drogo Baggins: Married Primula (Brandybuck), father of Frodo Baggins. Rumored to have drowned during a boating accident (boating being an unusual activity for hobbits).
Estella (Bolger) Brandybuck (2985–?): The sister of Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger, the companion whom Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam left behind in Crickhollow at the start of The Fellowship of the Ring. Through her mother, Rosamunda Bolger (née Took), she was a descendant of the Old Took. She married Merry, 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. She was added to the family tree by Tolkien for the Ballantine edition, and remained an anomaly until the consolidation of the text in the Houghton Mifflin edition of 1987.
Everard Took: Danced the Springle-ring on a table with Melilot Brandybuck, interrupting Bilbo's farewell speech.
Ferdibrand Took: A guest at Bilbo's farewell party, son of Ferdinand Took.
Ferdinand Took: A guest at Bilbo's farewell party, son of Sigismond Took.
Ferumbras II Took: Son of Isumbras III 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.
Filibert Bolger: A guest at Bilbo's farewell party, married Poppy Baggins.
Fíriel Fairbairn: Daughter of Elanor Gardner and Fastred of Greenholm. One of the Fairbairns of Undertowers, the Wardens of Westmarch.
Flambard Took: Son of Isembard Took.
Folco Boffin: 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.
Gerontius "The Old" Took: was the second oldest Hobbit in the Shire's history after Bilbo Baggins. 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, who was rumoured to have given him a pair of magic diamond cufflinks which opened and closed upon command. He 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 Estella Bolger), and Isengar; and three daughters: Belladonna (mother to Bilbo Baggins), Donnamira (great-grandmother to Folco Boffin, Fredegar Bolger and Estella Bolger), and Mirabella (grandmother to Frodo Baggins and great-grandmother to Meriadoc Brandybuck).
Gilly (Brownlock) Baggins: A guest at Bilbo's farewell party, married Posco Baggins.
Goldilocks (Gardner) Took: (F.A. 10–?) 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 (2860–2963): Head of the Brandybuck family and Master of Buckland from 2910 until his death. The maternal grandfather of Frodo Baggins and the great-grandfather of Merry Brandybuck, "Master Gorbadoc" was famous for keeping a generous table.
Gorbulas Brandybuck: Son of Orgulas Brandbuck.
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.
Halfast Gamgee: Halfast of Overhill was one of Sam's cousins during the War of the Ring. He worked for Mr. Boffin at Overhill, and often went hunting up in the Northfarthing. It was he who claimed to have seen a "Tree-man", which Sam reported to the other regulars at the Green Dragon Inn.
Hanna (Goldworthy) Brandybuck:
Hamfast "Ham/Gaffer/Old" Gamgee: (From Anglo-Saxonhām, "house", and fæst, "fixed") Father of Samwise Gamgee. He married Bell Goodchild, with whom he had six children, including Samwise (his youngest son), and lived at number three Bagshot Row in Hobbiton-across-the-Water. He was a gardener on the Baggins property at Bag End for many years. He was frequently consulted for his knowledge of root vegetables, and held forth on this and other topics at the Ivy Bush inn, or further afield at the Green Dragon in Bywater. Early in The Fellowship of the Ring, he misinforms a Black Rider that Frodo had already left Bag End that morning; while this meant that the Black Rider did not continue on to Bag End, it did give away the general direction that Frodo was headed. 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. Sam often refers to his father as "Gaffer" or "the Gaffer". A character named Gaffer Gamgee makes a brief appearance in Mr. Bliss, a story written down by Tolkien by 1932.
Jolly Cotton 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.
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 used 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 is not 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:
Linda (Baggins) Proudfoot: (2862–2963) was the sister of Bungo Baggins. She married Bodo Proudfoot, and had a son named Odo. Linda was also an aunt of Bilbo Baggins.
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 labelled "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: (2964-3019) Son of Otho and Lobelia Sackville-Baggins and thus a first cousin once removed of Bilbo. He was called "Pimple" because of his complexion. He became an accomplice of Saruman during the War of the Ring. Trading pipe-weed with Saruman for money, he began buying land in the Southfarthing, where Men from Isengard 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, as hinted by Saruman's vicious remarks after his defeat in the Shire.
Milo Burrows: noted for never returning letters.
Mimosa (Bunce) Baggins:
Mirabella (Took) Brandybuck:
Mungo Baggins: (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.
Otho Sackville-Baggins: (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 (2933–3034): Father of Peregrin Took, and "the Took" (head of the Took clan) and Thain of the Shire from 3015 until his death, Paladin owned and farmed lands around Whitwell, near Tuckborough. 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 Saruman's ruffians, who attempted to lay siege to the Tookland. When Merry and Pippin started their revolt, Paladin sent Pippin with 100 Tooks to aid in the Battle of Bywater.
Pansy (Baggins) Bolger:
Pearl (Took): (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, the acid-tongued mother of Thain Ferumbras Took. Lalia was obese and immobile, and perished when her wheelchair tipped from the top of Great Smials and she tumbled into the gardens. It was widely speculated that Pearl might have been intentionally responsible for Lalia's "fatal fall" by tipping the chair, a feat for which she was lauded by the other Tooks.
Robin Smallburrow is the Shirriff in the area of Bywater.
Rorimac "Goldfather / Old Rory" Brandybuck (2902–3008): Head of the Brandybuck family and Master of Buckland from 2963 until his death, and Merry's paternal grandfather. A guest at Bilbo's birthday party, he is intelligent enough to guess (correctly) that Bilbo has vanished in order to go travelling again. Bilbo rewards him for his hospitality over many years with a gift of a dozen bottles of wine.
Rose "Rosie" (Cotton) Gardner: (2984–F.A. 61). 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
Ted Sandyman: 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 pipe-weed in Middle-earth, 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.
Will "old Will / old Flourdumpling" Whitfoot: At the time of the War of the Ring, Will Whitfoot is Mayor of Michel Delving. He was said to be the fattest hobbit in the Westfarthing. On one occasion the roof of the Town Hole collapsed, covering Will in chalk and earning him the nickname 'Flourdumpling'. Soon after Frodo Baggins left Bag End, Lotho Sackville-Baggins began buying properties in the Southfarthing. With the aid of ruffians in the pay of Saruman, Lotho quickly took control of the Shire. When Will went to Bag End to protest, he was seized by the ruffians and locked up. He spent nearly a year in imprisonment, until he was released after the Scouring of the Shire. He spent several months recovering, during which time Frodo Baggins acted as Deputy Mayor. At the Free Fair of S.R. 1420, Will Whitfoot is re-elected as Mayor for another seven years. His successor in the post is Sam Gamgee.
Wiseman Gamwich: The great-great-grandfather of Samwise Gamgee; his name comes from his family home in the town of Gamwich.