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Tobold Hornblower

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==History==
 
==History==
Tobold Hornblower came from [[Longbottom]] in the [[Southfarthing]] of [[the Shire]]. He was the first to grow true pipe-weed in his gardens around {{SR|1070}} ({{TA|2670}}<ref>{{App|TA}}, year ''c.'' 2670</ref>).<ref name=Pipeweed/><ref name=Road/> Tobold knew much about herbs. He was not a traveller, but in his youth he travelled often to [[Bree]]. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry Brandybuck]] speculated that it was in one of such travels when he first learned of the [[pipe-weed]] and of smoking pipe-weed (the [[Bree-hobbits]] claim to be the first smokers of that herb, which Merry accepts as true).<ref name=Pipeweed/> Toby however never revealed how he came by the weed. His name, "[[Old Toby]]", was given to a variety of weed.<ref name=Pipeweed/>
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Tobold Hornblower came from [[Longbottom]] in the [[Southfarthing]] of [[the Shire]]. He was the first to grow true pipe-weed in his gardens around {{SR|1070}} ({{TA|2670}}<ref>{{App|TA}}, year ''c.'' 2670</ref>).<ref name=Pipeweed/><ref name=Road/> Tobold knew much about herbs. He was not a traveller, but in his youth he travelled often to [[Bree]]. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry Brandybuck]] speculated that it was in one of such travels when he first learned of the [[pipe-weed]] and of [[smoking]] (the [[Bree-hobbits]] claim to be the first smokers of that herb, which Merry accepts as true).<ref name=Pipeweed/> Toby however never revealed how he came by the weed. His name, "[[Old Toby]]", was given to a variety of weed.<ref name=Pipeweed/>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==

Latest revision as of 11:05, 28 July 2021

Tobold Hornblower
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesOld Toby
PositionCultivator of pipe-weed
LocationLongbottom
BirthThird Age
DeathThird Age
Family
FamilyHornblower
Physical Description
GenderMale

Tobold "Old Toby" Hornblower was a famous Hobbit.[1][2]

Contents

[edit] History

Tobold Hornblower came from Longbottom in the Southfarthing of the Shire. He was the first to grow true pipe-weed in his gardens around S.R. 1070 (T.A. 2670[3]).[1][2] Tobold knew much about herbs. He was not a traveller, but in his youth he travelled often to Bree. Merry Brandybuck speculated that it was in one of such travels when he first learned of the pipe-weed and of smoking (the Bree-hobbits claim to be the first smokers of that herb, which Merry accepts as true).[1] Toby however never revealed how he came by the weed. His name, "Old Toby", was given to a variety of weed.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Tobold is a form of Theobald which contains theud "people" and bald "bold".[4]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In a draft version of the chapter "The Road to Isengard", the name of this hobbit was Elias Tobiasson of Mugworth.[5] In Swedish, Elias Tobiasson is a normal name of a person.[6]

In another early version of the legendarium, Toby was named Tobias Hornblower, and his Westron name was Zāra-tōbi[7] Raspūta.[8]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Pipe-weed"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Road to Isengard", towards the end of the chapter in the conversation between Merry and Théoden
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", year c. 2670
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 31
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part One: The Fall of Saruman", "III. The Road to Isengard", p. 36
  6. Noted by User:Morgan (26 December 2010)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "II. The Appendix on Languages", Personal names, §50
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "II. The Appendix on Languages", On Translation, §42