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Old Toby

This article is about the pipe-weed. For the the Hobbit named "Old Toby", see Tobold Hornblower.

Old Toby was one of the three most notable varieties of pipe-weed, grown in the region around Longbottom in the Shire's Southfarthing.[1]

[edit] History

The leaf took its name from the Hobbit who introduced pipe-weed to the Shire, the original "Old Toby", Tobold Hornblower, who grew the first true pipe-weed in his gardens in the days of Isengrim Took II about the year 1070 of Shire-reckoning.

How Old Toby came by the plant is not recorded, for to his dying day he would not tell.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The genuine Westron name was zara-Tobi.[source?]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

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2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The smoke from Old Toby Pipe-weed takes the form of a large heart with a ring inside it.

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

As Radagast narrates terrified to Gandalf his encounter with the Necromancer in Dol Guldur, Gandalf offers him to pull from his pipe some "Old Toby" to calm down.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Pipe-weed"