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from A Guide to Middle Earth by Robert Foster.
Hash-marked# names are characters present/mentioned in the Hobbit movies.
*Asterisked names are characters present/mentioned in the LotR movies.
As Hobbits are described quite well within the series itself, I will only mention a few less well-known facts about them here. They are divided into three distinct groups: the 'Stoors', the 'Harfoots', and the 'Fallohides'. For the most part they live exclusively in the Shire and in Bree. Average life-span is 100 years and 33 is considered the age of adulthood. Preferred language is a dialect of Westron. The names by which they are known: 'hobbit' or 'kuduk' by themselves, 'holbytla' or 'kuddukan' by the Rohirrim, 'Periannath' in Sindarin, and 'banakil' (which translates to 'halfling') in genuine Westron.
Hobbit of the Shire, Elf-friend, Ring-bearer, and scholar. In 2941, Gandalf sent him with a company of Dwarves to recover a stolen treasure from the dragon Smaug. During this adventure, he gained possession of a magic ring, later discovered to be the One Ring, thus setting the stage for the events in The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo also acquired an Elven-knife, which he named Sting, and was given a mithril-coat by Thorin II. He was 131 years and 8 days old when he went over the sea - making him the longest-lived hobbit in history. Bilbo wrote an account of his adventures with the dwarves which, edited by Professor Tolkien, forms The Hobbit.
Hobbit of the Shire, Elf-friend, and Ring-bearer. Only son of Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck. After his parents' deaths in a boating accident, he was adopted by his cousin, Bilbo. When Bilbo left the Shire in 3001, Frodo inherited his home and possessions, including the One Ring. At Gandalf's urgings, Frodo set out for Rivendell, where it was decided that the ring must be destroyed. After the War of the Ring, Frodo returned for a time to the Shire, but then passed over the sea with Bilbo and the Keepers of the Three Rings.
Hobbit of the Stoor strain, born near the Gladden Fields. About 2463, his cousin Déagol found the One Ring while fishing and Sméagol murdered him for it. After being cast out of the community, Gollum hid in the Misty Mountains, where he remained (with the ring) until 2941. It was then that Bilbo found the ring in a dark passage under the mountain (where Gollum had dropped it) and took it with him back to the Shire. Gollum left the safety of the mountain caves to search for his "Precious" and eventually followed Frodo from Moria all the way to Mordor. Frodo caught him on the borders of Mordor and he became their guide, for he knew the way in. He led the hobbits to Shelob in the hopes of regaining possession of the ring when they were killed, but that plan was foiled by Sam. When the hobbits arrived at Orodruin (Mount Doom), he tried one last ambush and at the edge of the crack of doom, he bit off Frodo's ring-finger. While rejoicing in having his "Precious" back, he lost his balance and fell into the Crack of Doom, destroying both himself and the ring. Gollum's real name was 'Trahald', translated to 'Sméagol'. He was named Gollum by his family after he found the ring because of the disgusting noise that he made in his throat.
Hobbits of the Shire, both were greedy and offensive. Otho was the son of a Baggins and a Sackville and was founder of the Sackville-Baggins family. Lobelia's main goal in life was to gain possession of Bag End from Bilbo and Frodo, until finally Frodo sold it to her when he left the Shire for Rivendell in 3018. Bilbo suspected her of stealing his collection of silver spoons while he was off adventuring with the Dwarves, but he could never prove it.
Hobbit of the Shire and son of Saradoc Brandybuck, head of the Brandybuck family. A close friend of Frodo's, Merry followed Frodo to Rivendell and then on the quest to destroy the One Ring. On the banks of the Anduin, he and Peregrin Took were captured by Orcs and carried off to Isengard, the stronghold of the wizard Saruman. They escaped from the orcs into Fangorn Forest, where they met Treebeard the Ent and were instrumental in launching the Ents' attack on Isengard. Later, Merry rode as an esquire of King Théoden of Rohan and helped Éowyn slay the Lord of the Nazgûl. After the War of the Ring, Merry became a knight of Rohan and returned to the Shire where, after his father's death, he became Master of Buckland. In Fourth Age 64, he and Pippin rode to Gondor, and when he died a few years later, he was buried there in the House of Kings. Merry's real name in genuine Hobbitish was 'Kalimac', usually abbreviated to 'Kali'.
Hobbit of the Shire and close friend (and distant cousin) of Frodo Baggins. He accompanied Frodo to Rivendell in 3018 and then on the quest to Mount Doom. After being captured by Orcs, he and Merry escaped into Fangorn Forest where they met the Ents, with whom they went to Isengard. At Isengard, he rescued a palantír that was thrown at Gandalf by one of Saruman's followers. He later stole the palantír away from Gandalf and, looking into it, was questioned by Sauron. In Gondor, Pippin was made a Guard of the Citadel and marched with the Army of the West to the gates of Mordor. After the War of the Ring, Pippin was made a knight of Gondor and returned to the Shire. He was the 32nd Thain of the Shire from Fourth Age 14 - 64, after which he rode with Merry back to Gondor. He and Merry died a few years later and were buried with great honor in Minas Tirith.
Hobbit of the Shire, daughter of Tolman Cotton. In 3020, she married Samwise Gamgee and bore him thirteen children: Elanor, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, and Tolman.
Hobbit of the Shire and youngest son of Hamfast Gamgee. He was selected by Gandalf (after being caught eavesdropping) to accompany Frodo to Rivendell in 3018. Later, during the journey to Mordor, Frodo was paralyzed by Shelob and Sam, thinking him dead, took the One Ring and vowed to fulfill the quest to Mount Doom. After the War of the Ring, Sam returned to the Shire, married Rose Cotton and had thirteen children. In Fourth Age 82, after the death of his wife, he was allowed to sail over the sea because he had been a Ringbearer. Sam's name in genuine Hobbitish was 'Banazir', usually shortened to 'Ban'.
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